Doors are an important architectural element which define space.
There are many relations a door holds, a boundary in architectural space, its surrounding environment, and one we experience every day, a door and its users.
One important aspect of design is the entry way into a space. It holds diverse values across different cultures. It can be many things: welcoming, secure, protected. It can be practical, but it can also reflect and embody the characteristics of society and space.
In my previous blog “Destination Prague”, I was intrigued by a variety of doors as I walked through the city. Another place of inspiration for me is Nicaragua, a place full of bright colors and beautifully wood carved doors.
I now reminisce about the variety of vibrant colors and materials each door had. There is a beautiful Spanish colonial city on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, called Granada. It has a huge Spanish influence in its architecture, with a huge colonial heritage. Granda is nicknamed “The City of Doors”, where they highlight talented artists and the woodworking tradition in Nicaragua.
Many doors are painted in bright colors with detailed wood carvings and metal work patterns. Each door is uniquely designed and has its functionality portrayed in the materials, textures, and colors.
Some are for “pulperias” which are little markets, or what we would consider the corner store. Usually inside people’s homes, these typically are made with metal to allow someone to see inside, and sometimes with a small opening where transactions occur.
I fell in love with the architecture, colors, and variety I could see, especially in Granada. It was the subject of my artwork in high school. Here are a few of my paintings inspired by this country.
What beautiful doors have you seen lately?