Have you ever drawn a building without a door? Or thought about one like that? A building goes usually like this (or, at least, it used to in my nursery school times):

childhood house

The only building-without-a-door coming to my mind is Rapunzel’s tower in Grimm’s story. I’m sure you saw Tangled, but why not refresh the tower’s image with the help of Taylor and Edwardes’ translation available on Project Gutenberg:

“When she was twelve years old, the enchantress shut her into a tower, which lay in a forest, and had neither stairs nor doors, but quite at the top was a little window.” 

Isn’t it weird? Even a prison has a door and stairs. Rapunzel’s tower is a radical building!

What would be its opposite? The opposite of a non-door should be a completely transparent door, in the same way in which the closure is contrary to the openness. Guess what buildings have transparent ground floors? The ones inviting you inside, catching your attention as you pass by and luring you in. Shops and eateries? Yeah …. Or the ones aiming to convince you that there is nothing to hide in the staff’s work. Offices? Yeah ….. especially those of giant corporations. Public administration? Sometimes.

Now, when you finish reading and go out, take a fresh look at doors. There’s more to architecture than just bricks and drawings. There are covered intentions and stories.

Try some activities about doors’ shapes (DOORS – Part 1 The Look), accessories  (DOORS – Part 2 The Furnishing), and functions (DOORS – Part 3 The Function).