Sliding doors

This morning I met one of the neighbors.
He explained me very gently when and how to open and close the sliding doors* in the house.

Places we share, places where he could see me (‘you’re a woman’) when and how to open or close them.

I will show you the sliding doors of my part of the house(s).
black are walls, red are the sliding doors, grey is my place, green is the couryard. (black dot is a tree trunk)

* Their are two types of sliding doors: Shōji and Fusuma.
Shōji is a room-divider used in traditional Japanese houses. Shōji is made from a lattice of thin, natural, unpainted wood covered by natural, white washi paper. For dividing space, shoji has functions as a screen, wall, window, blind, curtain or a doorway. We can enjoy light and wind through the paper fabric, even when it is used as a wall or shelter from the garden. It provides a soft inside mood without using a hard permanent structure. Shoji allow for flexible space usage.
Fusuma consist of a lattiche-like wooden understructure covered in cardboard and a layer of paper or cloth on both sides. Originally painted with different scenes but nowadays industrially printed with graphics.

One Comment

  1. jan

    Beautiful visualization!
    Quite different than the Dutch (lack of) shutters-practice, and more over the shutter-custom in your former Prinsengracht appartment. Not to speak of your Dirk Schäfer-shutters-policy 🙂
    Mzzl, Jan

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