Post 186 ⇒   by Gautam Shah 


Buildings are tilted, often intentionally for de-constructionist attitudes or doing something bizarre. In such buildings, though walls, roofs, etc. may change, but there are many other elements, such as floors, openings, stairs, etc. that must remain steadfast and operatable. These entities, though find a place as dysfunctional surrogates. Some impose highly moulded peripheral items to enforce a ‘change’(Gaudi) or cover-up such mandatory items with skin (Dresden cinema) that is easier to mould.


Gaudi’s Casa Batllo Barcelona Spain -Masked windows

Ufa Cinema Centre Dresden

Ufa Cinema Centre Dresden

Lou Ruovo Centre for Brain Health Las Vegas Nevada USA

Lou Ruovo Centre for Brain Health Las Vegas Nevada USA


Cubicle houses Helmond


Rotterdam Cube House street view

The ‘Vermont window’ often known as witch window, coffin window, lazy window, or simply a sideways window were not borne out of a modernist attitude or a desire for doing something different. It was rather a practical well-fit-in solution. It is normally a double-hung sash window or a single-sided casement window, placed in the gable-end wall of a house-roof. Its placement matches the slope-angle of the roof -usually at 45°. The window fits in gable side small space between the normal roof and its raised portion. Roofs have dormer windows for attic spaces.

Vermont Window

Vermont Window

Witch on broomstick cannot enter an inclined opening

Vermont windows are called Witch windows, no one knows with surety, for why? It is not clear what preceded the window or the myth that relates it to the witch. The myth relates to a belief that a witch cannot fly with the broomsticks through a tilted opening.

Coffin window

Coffin window

Vermont windows are also called Coffin windows. The position of the window at second floor level, its width and inclined position will not ever allow removal of a coffin, even if one want to avoid a very narrow staircase.

Vermont windows are found in farmhouses from the 19th C, and Vernacular architecture of central and northern parts of Vermont State of USA.

Toronto Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto Royal Ontario Museum


Rotterdam Cube House Living room interior with inclined windows



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