bay window

It was a sunny latish afternoon on a quiet, elegant street in a European city, with buildings on the south side and a garden wall and trees on the north side; I was in a group of students of minimalist music who were walking east on the street, with the sun shining through between buildings from the southwest, and we entered the next house on the south side. It had a middle hall separated from the street by a small entrance room; the hall had a high ceiling and sunlight coming in the windows, and then adjacent to that was a narrower room next to the street with a bay window. The bay window was glass only, no opaque areas and maybe even no mullions, and its shape was somewhat Jugendstil-like; in plan it was a sort of rounded-off right triangle, and its top had a similar shape in elevation. It extended all the way down to the floor, and in fact there was a step down from the main floor of the room to the area nearby and inside the window. The remarkable thing, though, was that this lowel level was an indoor garden, with soil as the floor, lots of plants, and stone paths through it; and because the area just outside between the street and the house was also a garden, and because the window was all glass and lots of skylight was coming in from overhead, the visual separation between inside and out was almost nonexistent.

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