Atmospheric-Haze Window

Seri Baik


My project initially started from a Victorian window gazing experience:

“First time in London, when walking down the street in Portobello Road, I spot Victorian houses which I’ve never seen before as a person with different cultural background. It was strangely eye-catching to me as the building itself was built relatively intimate - shorter, smaller, and closer. My curiosity aroused from witnessing transparent windows, which soon I found myself gazing at one specific window which was lit up and widely uncovered: a woman sitting on a chair facing inwards, eating dinner alone on her kitchen table. It was oddly strange - technically I don’t know that woman, but I know what she has done in a particular date and time. Standing in front of her window less than a metre away, I as a passerby (or stranger) witnessed her private life. She’s in her private zone and I’m in my public zone, but somehow, I know part of her private life, which seems sharing two completely different worlds in the same moment….”

This is when I witnessed a social dialogue between external and internal spaces through an object window which then I tried to recreate such experience in an advanced way by considering people’s psychological need of possessing both public and private personas in a supposedly private space, which then encourages people to see, to look, to view, to watch, to observe, to spot, to recognise, to contemplate, to gaze, to sight, to enjoy, to bathe, to understand, to grasp, to comprehend, to realise, to appreciate, to conceive, to learn, to forsee, to investigate, to explore...that works in both ways, outside in, inside out.

‘Atmospheric-Haze Window’ is a research-based project which proposes a hypothetical solution to domestic windows, which is inspired by the visual effect of mountain ranges, the atmospheric haze. The further away a mountain is located, the greater the quantity of air you are having to look through, so the hazier it will appear, which is caused by the scattering of light rays in the layer of air between the observer and the objects being viewed. This is the exact effect I incorporated in my window, the variegation - when you come to the window, you come to people, but if someone isn’t wanting come to the window and they are in the room, they remain obscured, they remain distant. It’s not only about theoretical; it’s about what it feels like. It ultimately offers a challenge to architects, to consider this in their schemes.