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Shakkei: When a Window is more than a Window

Shakkei: When a Window is more than a Window

A window is more than a window when it borrows the surrounding scenery or landscape to enhance the aesthetic and comfort of a room or space. This design concept, also applied by utilizing doors, is called shakkei. It was used in Japan as early as the 17th century and is now a more common practice, often applied where there is a stunning view or a landscape worthy of framing.

This ancient concept, which is now a modern design principle, can provide a range of benefits, including a stronger connection with nature, enhanced aesthetics and perceived spaciousness. Thoughtful shakkei design can also leverage natural elements such as sunlight and wind patterns to enhance energy efficiency of the structure. Properly positioned windows, for example, can maximize natural light and ventilation, reducing the need for artificial lighting and mechanical cooling. In brief, it offers a holistic approach to designing living spaces that are not only visually pleasing but also contribute to the overall well-being of the occupants.

Click here to see a few of our favorite examples of shakkei in action.

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