At their most basic, windows are defined as openings in walls, doors and roofs that are typically sealed by a transparent material such as glass that allows you to look through it, and can be opened to introduce fresh air into a space.
Architects and designers often use unusual windows in their projects to create visual interest within both residential and commercial interiors.
These can include distinctive floor-to-ceiling glazing, dramatic lightwells, and windows with added window seats for peaceful contemplation, as seen below.
This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing multi-generational homes, eye-catching corridors and tiled bathrooms.
Bismarck House is a holiday home in the Sydney suburb of Bondi, Australia, with floor-to-ceiling glazing that was designed with the idea of a “continuous garden” in mind.
To reinforce this concept, Andrew Burges Architects applied a robust material palette to the ground floor that intends to connect interior and outdoor spaces, including curvy wicker armchairs set against galvanised steel columns.
Surrounding city and lake views are framed by wood-lined interiors including ash plywood ceilings and exposed pine beams, which were chosen for their warm and welcoming feel.
Built into a large expanse of glazing with gridded steel frames, the window seat offers a quiet space to relax. It was charred with a blowtorch using the traditional technique known as Shou Sugi Ban.
The geometric building is defined by circular windows flanked by arch-shaped openings that offer views of the garden’s tranquil pond from the living and dining room on the ground floor.
“Although an industrial palette can feel quite raw and harsh, the materials here had such a beautiful range of tones and textures that we knew we wanted to retain them,” explained Emil Eve co-founder Emma Perkin.
The open-plan ground floor is decorated with minimal furniture including a silver-toned rectilinear kitchen island and slouchy grey sofa, while a petite, cottage-style window adds further light to the interior.
“To celebrate the heritage of a landmarked 1800s Brooklyn schoolhouse, we transformed a utilitarian artist loft into a glamorous home, rich with period-appropriate detail,” said the firm.
This barn-like house in England’s Tyne Valley includes a double-height living space with square windows along the ground floor and skylights embedded in the roof, which follow the path of the sun throughout the day.
Soft, shaggy rugs and cylindrical cushions contrast rustic wooden furniture in a casual seating area that is positioned directly below the volume’s exposed wooden gabled roof.
Terrazzo flooring and neutral-hued furniture blend with the leafy scenery seen from large timber-framed windows in the living room, while the space’s chunky concrete accents double as bench-like seating.
Mexican architect Daniela Bucio Sistos matched circular windows with a disc-shaped canopy positioned over a courtyard at Casa UC in Morelia.
Set into pigmented concrete walls, the smooth glazed windows juxtapose a series of textured red brick partitions laid in a non-flush manner that alternates between protruding and receding.
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing homes with water features, open-plan studies and bedrooms on mezzanines.
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