Who knew louvres could be so interesting?
At Box™ we love our louvres – after all what’s not to love? In the North Island, where the climate is temperate, they allow natural ventilation while protecting from the sun and rain. That means win/win in most weather, including those endless spring showers.
Naturellement, the word is French in origin apparently derived from the noun l’ouvert ‘the open one’ and in medieval times referred, not just to the horizontal slatted windows we know so well, but to a lantern-like wooden cupola built into the roof to admit air and allow smoke from cooking or heating to escape. Another word for louvre is jalousie – again French and, it has been suggested, perhaps because one can peer through the slats and not be seen (like a jealous lover we presume).