After having lived in Singapore, the UK, California and now Munich, Malaysian designpreneur Su-Lin Chee highlights what makes living in Germany unique
Visitors to Germany are often taken aback when they turn their window or door handles to the top and find it falling onto them, worrying they might have broken it! However, fear not! German windows all “kippen”, or tilt, in order to ventilate rooms once a day. The rest of the time, windows are closed air-tight to keep the heat in and noise out. Especially during winter, moisture may condensate on cold glass and cause mould, which is why Germans insist on ventilating for about 10 minutes daily. This is so ingrained into their culture that some rental contracts have this particular consideration written in.
Germans seem to have put their famous engineering predilections into such building accessories and generic plastic windows while double-sheeted glass may be purchased in Do it Yourself (DIY) stores for under €100 (RM489). In Malaysia, we mostly leave the windows open, especially to catch cool morning and evening breezes. During hot days, however, we could benefit from Germany’s air-tight windows to close the house from the heat, dust and noise, even if we are generally less sensitive to external bustle.