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Detail We Love: Porthole Windows

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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.
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  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

    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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  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  Photo by: Philip Newton

    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

    Photo by: Philip Newton

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  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  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Crisobal Palma

    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

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Crisobal Palma

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  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.

    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.

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

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

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  Architect Page Goolrick takes a similar tack to a sliding door within a Long Island beach house. Photo by: Richard FoulserFor more creative window treatments, view this slideshow.  Photo by: Richard Foulser

    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.

    Photo by: Richard Foulser

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