It’s never really okay — read: it’s downright creepy — to peep into someone’s window, but there’s a new web app on the block that wants to normalize looking out of people’s windows all over the world.
In a time when most people are feeling desperate to travel and roam like they did before our lives were dictated by COVID, Window Swap is here to let you feel like your traveling without having to buy a ticket, pack a bag, or board a plane. (Travel without TSA? We’ll take it.) The site is the brainchild of husband-and-wife Singapore creatives Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam who put it together as a “quarantine project” to help them deal with the monotony and restlessness of being in lockdown.
The resulting site gives you a small opportunity to escape your regular day-to-day scenery and feel like you’re in a totally new place. From enjoying your breakfast while pretending you’re looking out onto your Stockholm terrace, to infusing your tiny studio apartment with lush views in Bangalore, to looking out onto the water in Okinawa, these videos feel like a literal window to the world. Plus, the videos allows you to fully immerse yourself in the scenery by taking in all the surrounding sounds, whether it’s the sound of birds chirping outdoors, cars wizzing by on the street, or some music playing in the background. Once you’ve taken in a scene for a good amount of time, you can transport yourself elsewhere with a single click of a button that randomly selects a new window for you to peer out of. It’s kind of like travel roulette, if you will.
So, where do all these videos come from exactly? The voluntary platform allows people from all over the world to record 10-minute videos of the view from their windows and then send the videos over to firstname.lastname@example.org along with their first name and location for attribution. Videos then get added to the roster of rotating window scenes once they’ve been selected and uploaded to the site. Neat, huh?
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got a sunset to watch in Istanbul. Güle güle.