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October 10, 2013
Nautical influences run deep in modern design, from the blue-and-white color palette to spatial organization. One maritime element that's cropped up on occasion is the porthole—a creative alternative to boxy windows that seem square in comparison. We're on board with this architectural detail.
Modern master bedroom with porthole windows and wooden flooring

To increase airflow in a San Francisco house, architect Craig Steely designed operable portholes in the all-glass facade. Photo by: Ian Allen

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Even in ever-gray and gloomy Seattle, the 24-by-10-foot front window lets in enough light that the couple rarely needs to turn on any lamps inside the house.

Fifteen minutes from downtown Seattle, architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo transformed the neighborhood dump—a lot that had been vacant for 30 years—into their dream home. The residence features a hot-rolled-steel facade and two circular windows. Photo by: Philip Newton

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Casa serpiente interior study

Circular apertures turn the water within a concrete pool into a decorative surface treatment. Spy more rooms in the Lima house here. Photo by: Cristobal Palma

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Originally appeared in A Modern Concrete Home in Peru
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modern house in georgia with screened-in porch

It's all about angles in this Decatur, Georgia, house, but the architect added some whimsy to the facade with a fleet of portholes on the side.

Originally appeared in An Angular Futuristic House in Georgia
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Circular window in the Tribeca loft renovated by Pulltab Design for James Marcovitz and Jennifer Geiger.

An oversize circular window brings light into a Tribeca loft by Pulltab Design. Photo by: Joao Canziani

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Girl by a sliding panel door with matte marine hardware

Architect Page Goolrick takes a similar tack to a sliding door within a Long Island beach house. Photo by: Richard Foulser

For more creative window treatments, view this slideshow.

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Modern master bedroom with porthole windows and wooden flooring

To increase airflow in a San Francisco house, architect Craig Steely designed operable portholes in the all-glass facade. Photo by: Ian Allen

Photo by Ian Allen.

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