Friday, 29 May 2009
I read someone mention in his book many years ago, that in UK front doors always open inwards whereas in Japan they always open outwards and I was so convinced, as at the time I was living in Australia and it was the same there. (I've noticed in most other countries they open inwards.) The author said in the book he thinks the UK style (or the global style) gives a welcome feel to the guests when inviting them inside and that the Japanese style doesn't and I thought that could be true. But now I guess because in Japanese houses we have a little space called "genkan" where we take our shoes off on entering the house, if the doors open inwards it would be a problem (our shoes would be all squashed). Besides traditionally there only existed sliding type doors in Japanese houses and no hinged doors! I don't know why but I suddenly remembered about the book and had a little think about doors. Well maybe it's not a big deal, I just love doors and windows!
01 Hara Museum of Art, Tokyo / 02,03,04 "Spain Mura" Tokyo / 05-1 Somewhere in Paris / 05-2 Tokyo Teien Museum / 06 Vincent Van Gogh's residence in Montmarte / 07 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Paris / 08 A window from my neighbourhood / 09 Casa Batllo, Barcelona / 10 A house near parc guell, Barcelona