Stonington, CT, Dec. 12, 2016 –It was an architect’s dream assignment: design the ideal window free from any code requirements or design constraints. The inspiration for Architect Michael McKinley’s window comes from the coast. The design, a French outswing, is painted a hazy blue and is framed in a grey weathered mahogany.
“The gesture of opening the sashes to a sunny salt marsh, beach and ocean creates an intriguing and memorable image. The color of the sash reminds me of sea glass and I see the natural mahogany frame and trim weathering to driftwood,” explains McKinley.
The window interior and exterior have the same detailing so when the window is open, the light blue sash embraces the exterior and weathered mahogany frame.
The window was recently on display at ArchitectureBoston Expo or ABX, one of the largest building and design trade shows in the country. A.W. Hastings, the New England Distributor for Marvin Windows and Doors and the display sponsor, set out to “peer into the creative minds” of a select group of architects by challenging of them to design a window in the color, glass and style of their choice. While most of the other designs emphasized ornate sash patterns and traditional colors, the “McKinley Window” is a simple three pane form that is distinguished by its operation and palette of colors and materials.
The “McKinley Window” is meant to inspire architects, builders and clients to think out of the box. Window and door detailing is critical to the success of any building.
If you are designing or renovating a home, here are some things to consider when selecting your windows:
- A Window’s geometry, size, shape and sequence create an overall personality for both the exterior and interior of your home.
- Windows don’t have to be white! Color adds interest and character so consider using a color even if it is a neutral shade. Today, most windows are clad with aluminum or vinyl and come in many standard colors.
- You’ll want to study your window color in the field by painting a window mockup that can be viewed next to the exterior siding.
- Varying window types (double hung, awning, etc.) sash patterns, and even window materials create a thoughtful, custom look.