Think about the reason the door you examined is in that particular place. Think about other doors you’ve seen. What spaces do they separate? Why?

Some doors make you stop and think twice before trying to open them. They look like barricades. These are the old cellars’ doors and dungeons’ doors, but even modern buildings have sometimes such doors: gated communities, VIP’s houses, institutions that may be attacked.

Other doors invite you in. They lure you in a world of tasty food (e.g., pastry shops, bakeries) through transparent glass or partially opened panels that let the flavors out.

ACTIVITY: Take a pencil and a paper. Out on your street sketch the doors you pass by (see DOORS Part 1). Give hints about materials (no need for details in this activity). Write down your guess for each door as to what kind of space lies behind. If you have around 10 examples you can compute some statistics about the material mostly employed, about the outliers (maybe a richly ornate door or a securitized one).

Notice the differences between spaces that require openness (e.g., shops) and spaces that require privacy (houses). How transparent are the doors in both cases?

Observe the differences in ornamentation between a house door (private) and an institution door (public) such as a university, a museum.

You’re almost ready to proceed to the next level of doors’ exploration: their symbolism (see Hard to Open Doors).