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Another missed window of opportunity


There's one thing that bothers me about Avanti Architects' beautiful restoration of the 1930s Connell, Ward & Lucas house. I'm sure it's not my imagination, but didn't original window frames from this period have equal sightlines for those that open and those that don't, giving a seamless appearance to each frame as well as to the whole fenestration?

Uneven frames - thicker for windows that open - seem to be the hallmark of a refurbished or new building, creating what can only be described as a pig's ear of the overall aesthetic. It happens everywhere.

I've asked architects and window manufacturers about this in the past, and have been accused of being uptight. Perhaps they're right and perhaps as a lay person I'm not qualified to comment on this stuff, but I can't be the only person to find dodgy lines on buildings irritating enough to spoil them, especially beautiful ones like this.

Is there an AJ reader out there who can tell me why window manufacturers can't sort this out?

Giovanna Forte, Forte Communication, London

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