Tuesday, 10 April 2012


Is the wall you're designing flat and boring? A window or door or climbing plant would be out of place? Why not try a niche, like this marble one, to be found in the courtyard of Istabul's Blue Mosque? With the word deriving from Latin nidus, meaning nest, the architectural niche has been around for about 2000 years, and still works as a way to break up monotony, disperse light and shadow in different ways, house books or statues or birds, create a warm and sheltered space in the sun, or just remain empty and, if you're very lucky, once in a while being occupied by cute girls eating turkish delight.

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