The Perfect View Window
More than 30 years ago, I was working on a concept for a visual display box which showed a 3-D Infinite Star View. The breadboard test version I created was only one foot square, but still managed to make you nearly loose your lunch when you peered into the thing. But that’s another story.
While fooling around with the above, I found myself looking into one of the foot square mirror panels, tilted away from me at the top so I was looking at the ceilings reflection. The thought came to me… what it the mirror was the glass of a window instead. Rather than seeing myself reflected back, I would see only the ceiling. In addition, if the ceiling was painted flat black, nothing would be reflected. Should such a window be installed where there was an excellent night view, such as city lights, there would be nothing interfering with seeing the intended sights.
With a little experimentation, I came up with a tilt of 23 degrees to be sure the viewer was not reflected in the glass, only the blank, black ceiling. Further, recessed can light fixtures could be installed, if the recess tube was also painted flat black or very dark blue, and canted away from the window. This way, the blank ceiling could still be used for room lighting.
The idea was to get the best possible view where it would be most beneficial. It’s such a shame to look out an office or apartment window at the city, at night, and see only yourself looking back. For existing walls, such as apartments, a picture window might be boxed in to allow the slant while the surround be painted the flat black or dark blue along with the ceiling. Should get the same results.
I find this a difficult concept to show graphically, but I did make-up a simple drawing to hopefully get the idea across. Here’s hoping I was successful.