Portuguese photographer André Vicente Gonçalves started his career in computer science, and it is perhaps this rational side that has led him to his most well-known work: Windows on the World, collages of windows from about twenty countries. While it’s popular to say that architecture has become too homogenized amidst globalization, a project like this reminds us of the power of vernacular architecture.
Gonçalves has said in an interview with the Huffington Post that he chooses windows not necessarily based beauty but “that make sense as a set.” He sees Windows on the World as an extension of his love for collecting objects: “as the project developed, I was able to form a collection of windows.” Following the success of Windows on the World, Gonçalves was sponsored by travel companies to do the collection, “Doors of the World,” which he is working on as well.
Here’s a selection from Windows on the World:
Santa Susana, Spain
Notting Hill, London
Guimaraes, Portugal, a UN World Heritage site
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