Elements Doing More Than One Thing

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A window can 'do' many things architecturally at the same time. It lets light into a room, or out. It provides a view out, or in. It might set up an axial relationship. The formation of an opening creates a cill, which can be a shelf for books or plants. The window can be a place for display All this without even considering its role in the pattern of an elevation.

The front wall of the Alcazar, in Toledo, also displays the credentials of its sixteenth-century owner, Charles V of Spain, identifying the place as his palace.

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