City dwellers living in small apartments know that space -- especially personal outdoor space -- comes at a premium. If you're lucky to have a bit of a balcony, then you can have the luxury of being out of doors without having to leave your apartment. If not, then you have to settle for whatever views or sunlight comes in through your windows.
But this could change if city apartments could be retrofitted with these clever expanding windows, which accordion out to allow someone to get more of a view of the sky above. Recently exhibited at Dubai Design Week and designed by Brooklyn-based, Argentinian architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia, the "More Sky" system replaces existing windows with a structure that folds out and down, providing the inhabitant with a bit of a seat to recline and gain access to sunlight -- like an instant sunroom.
Ferrer Garcia explains the motivation for creating this transforming window:
More Sky is a cozy corner for the home that provides visual relief, access to sunlight and fresh air for small apartments. As an attempt to understand the threshold between [interior design] and architecture, this project is conceived as an object and a space at the same time, responding to current needs in densely populated cities.
Created with Brooklyn's buildings and regulations in mind, the More Sky window could also be adapted for other cities. There are three different versions: the "Hopper Niche" folds down and has an integrated seat for reading and mediation, while the "Casement Niche" opens to the side, creating a seat. The "Awning" version provides more of an extra ledge for the user to rest and observe the surrounding city.
We wonder, of course, how would home energy efficiency come into play with a window such as this -- how could it be made so it would have a sufficient R-value for cold climates? With so many joints, how would airtightness and structural safety be addressed, and can it still be opened like a regular window somehow? Though it's only a concept design that would probably need to be tested and developed further, it's a neat idea that adds extra functionality to the traditional window, providing balcony-less urbanites with a sunnier alternative. More over at Designboom and Aldana Ferrer Garcia.