#50 – Round Window in a Square Hole

Round window, Bath, UK. [Alamy image ref. ANBG4Y]

Many years when I was shooting film I started assembling, or collecting, groups of similar themed subjects such as doors, numbers, stripes, weather vanes, post boxes, funny car number plates, stripes, letters, chimneys, seats… and windows.

Oddly, in my window collection, I probably had only this single round example from a few hundred square and rectangular shapes. Perhaps they are uncommon to rare because they are difficult to open… normal hinged or sash openings being impossible to incorporate in round designs, although both vertical and horizontal pivots are. However, it’s worth noting from the Ounodesign blog… “Round windows are a striking, dynamic design feature and they’re underused, which is odd because they are not impossible to build. Even when they are slightly more expensive than regular windows, they give a lot of design value compared to what you spend. Is it thanks to the stigma that is still attached, annoyingly, to 60s and 70s decor that we don’t see them much? They really need to make a comeback.” And I agree!

Although this round window appears to plug a square hole, it was probably an original design feature in the old brickwork, and is a very attractive detail because the depth of the recess appears to be less than half a brick in depth, so no header or lintel is needed to support the wall above. I passed this particular window many times when visiting the City of Bath, in the West Country, and on this particular day it really stood out because of the acute side-lighting and resulting shadow which enhanced the actual depth of the recess.

Licensed Royalty Free by Alamy for a 1434 x 935 pixels sized image for unlimited and unrestricted use and for a fee of around £150 under my “UK Scenes” pseudonym, which includes around 500 selected subjects I shot prior to 2001 on film in the United Kingdom.

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