Shirazeh Houshiary's Warped Window In London

It's hard for a building to stand out in a city like London that has architecture dating from the Middle Ages all the way through today all designed by some of the most prominent architects of their time. But you don't have to make a whole building strikingly different just to attract attention. In fact, sometimes just a window is enough to catch the eye of those passing by.

For proof, just look to artist Shirazeh Houshiary, who designed this stunning window for the Church of St. Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, London. The beautiful work features a unique shape right in the center of the window that serves as an optical illusion of some type of wormhole into another demension.

The center piece is translucent, while the rest is opaque, letting in a lovely stream of natural light. At night, the window is lit up, emphasizing the beauty of the design. As the artist points out, the monochromatic design celebrates light and it is "an abstract design, but it has strong religious, spiritual and architectural resonances.

While it may seem a bit radical for a neoclassical church built in 1726, it still seems strangely appropriate as it reminds us that churches can serve as a portal to a higher power. The original window was destroyed during the air raids of WWII and the constantly-lit portal at the center of the new design reminds us that while everything changes, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel, even at the darkest of times.

Via Freshome


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