Thursday Salute to Originals: Truth Windows

Our typical backlit project involves bold and intricate moves of concealment (hiding evidence of light, structure, seams, external supports… the list goes on), and leads to a natural curiosity for designers to learn how we assemble those walls/ceiling/floors. So I was understandably refreshed to see the architectural topic of “Truth Windows” pop up on my Google Reader this morning.

These small niche-like elements allow a deeper and more analytic view into construction methods. False windows are punched through the inside walls of straw and timber homes to allow a glimpse of the materials and layers used in the wall construction. Maybe it’s their petite size and battered wooden framing that makes them so quaint, but there’s something charming and imaginative about discovering one of these in a standard home setting.

Hmmm, how would our next backlit onyx wall look with a small “truth window” right at eye level, for building users to see the innards of our creations?

How could this idea translate to commercial and public space?

Image credit: Dornob