Elegance and Windows
In his book The Architecture of Happiness, Alain De Botton included a chapter dedicated to Elegance (pp. 321-343) in the section “The Virtues of Buildings”. Elegance in architecture is a concept that can in part be defined as a result of the relationship between the dimension of a given element and its architectural challenge. A bridge spanning a river, a structure supporting a ceiling, or a window frame holding glazing in place are some of the examples offered.
Alain De Botton
Windows offer further opportunities for the expression of architectural elegance, the determinant here being the relationship between the amount of glass and the extent of the frame that supports it. When diminutive panes are clasped within heavy, unapologetically broad mountings, we are likely to feel some of the same discomfort as when too many words are being employed to say too little. By contrast, the Georgian houses of Bath charm us by the ethereal way in which the windows appear to hover over their façades.