The curved bow (bay) window was intended as an ornamental part of a building rather than a functional one.
A feature of Victorian architecture, the style migrated to countries where the English had a presence, like South Africa. They’re to be found mainly on older houses, although there’s been a resurgence in the residential market. Contractors will bash out the current window and build in a bay window all in 1 day.
There are 2 dimensions to architectural design that tell me a good deal of what a company optimises for, more than its stated vision, mission and values – namely, what its buildings look like on the inside and on the outside.
Think about it – the inside of a building is a habitat for its people to do their work. People spend the best part of their day inside buildings with no opening windows, breathing in recycled air. Some desks don’t even have a view of the sky outside.