‘A window without a shutter is like an eye without eyelids.” Eileen Gray and the shutters of E-1027.

In Architecture Vivante, Eileen Gray said;

“A problem we focused on, one that is often neglected, but none the less important, is that of the window shutters. A window without shutters is like an eye without eyelids. Over and over, attempts to solve this problem are met with the same result: insufficient ventilation when the shutters are closed. Our solution to this problem lets a generous amount of air ventilate the space while blocking the harsh sunlight”.


“A house is not a machine to live in. It is the shell of man, his extension, his release, his spiritual emanation. Not only its visual harmony but its entire organization, all the terms of the work, combine to render it human in the most profound sense”

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