I am sure all of us here have seen Baby’s Day out multiple times. No I am not here to talk about the movie. I am here to talk about the ‘attic’ in the movie where the kidnappers take the baby as hostage. Wait, 🙂 hear me out. The round windows in attic is something I am just so fascinated with. The architecture of Paris is a unique and dynamic fusion of different styles, reflecting the city’s long and rich history.
Round windows, also known as oeil-de-boeuf windows, are a distinctive feature of many houses in Paris, including those in the attics of older buildings. These windows were first popularized in the Baroque period and were often used to bring light into the upper floors of buildings.
In Paris, many of these round windows can be found in the attics of Haussmannian buildings, which were constructed in the mid-19th century during a period of extensive urban renovation. These buildings were typically built with several floors, including an attic level which was used for storage or servant quarters.
The round windows in these attics serve both a practical and an aesthetic purpose. They allow natural light to enter the space, which is especially important since attics tend to be dark and cramped. Additionally, the windows provide a unique architectural feature that adds character and charm to the building’s facade.
The design of these windows is typically quite simple, with a circular frame and a single pane of glass. Some are adorned with decorative elements such as moldings or wrought iron grilles, which add to their visual appeal.
In modern times, many of these historic buildings have been converted into apartments or offices, and the attics have been renovated into desirable living or workspaces. The round windows in these attics continue to serve their original purpose of bringing light into the space while also providing a unique design feature that is quintessentially Parisian.
How many of you here have been to Paris. Its so much more than just Eiffel Tower.
Read more about it here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oeil-de-boeuf