Bay Window Tower House


The Bay Window Tower House and office on a narrow urban property boasts bay windows on all sides for a couple, their two children, and the two cats. Our investigation of bay windows from around the world revealed that they come in a variety of shapes and sizes and serve a variety of functions, ranging from a mechanism for bringing in light to a type of seating to a decorative interaction with the city.

Flooring And Side Of The Structure At The Bay Window Tower House

Bay Window Tower House / Takaaki Fuji + Yuko Fuji Architecture,© Masao Nishikawa

Every floor and side of the structure has bay windows, offering tenants a variety of alternatives for where to spend their time. Windows in this tower are used for sitting, writing, sleeping, decorating, and a variety of other activities. Another key factor to consider was how to create a healthy interaction between the tower and the neighbouring buildings, which are mostly single-family homes. New buildings on small urban sites frequently obstruct the windows of neighbouring structures, creating a sense of stifling confinement for residents. We solved the problem by splitting the building’s corners off, creating pockets of space in each of the lot’s four corners.


Bay Windows, Ventilation And Heat Efficiency

Bay Window Tower House / Takaaki Fuji + Yuko Fuji Architecture,© Shohei Yokoyama

For occupants of the tower, these pockets serve as mini gardens, while for neighbours, the extra space in front of their windows effectively transforms them into bay windows. The octagonal footprint was created by slicing off the corners. According to feng shui, octagons are considered lucky in many Asian countries. This form also works wonders for decreasing turbulence in the airflow surrounding the building.

We also looked at the local microclimate to see if we could lessen our dependency on mechanical technologies like air conditioning. We came up with three types of bay windows after observing simulations of light, wind, and heat conditions that included surrounding buildings: transparent windows to let in light; windows that function like openable walls, blocking light and heat but letting in breezes; and windows that function like fixed walls, blocking both heat and breezes. We strategically placed these three types of windows throughout the structure to maximise their light, ventilation, and heat efficiency.


Written By Ankit Lad | Subscribe To Our Telegram Channel To Get Latest Updates And Don’t Forget To Follow Our Social Media Handles Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter. To Get the Latest Updates From Arco Unico


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