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January 1, 2014
Clerestory windows have been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians, and there's a reason for their staying power. By drawing sunlight from high spaces, clerestory windows help bathe a room in natural light, even when angles aren't optimal. Here are some creative uses of this enduring feature.
clerestory window in modern cottage in connecticut

A lofted sleeping space furnished with a king-size bed was made possible when Gray Organschi Architects raised the ceiling in the guest cottage they designed for a couple in Guilford, Connecticut, to create a triangular clerestory window. The move carved out enough headroom to make the second-floor space usable, while still keeping the cottage in compliance with strict local zoning rules for “accessory” buildings. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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Clerestory window in a modern renovation near Sydney, Australia

A band of clerestory windows illuminates the interior of a house that Carterwilliamson Architects renovated in Glebe, Australia, a suburb of Sydney. Photo by Brett Boardman.

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Small live/work space in Los Angeles

A band of roof-line windows helps keep his 172-square-foot office and guest house tin Los Angeles bathed in natural light. Photo by Eric Staudenmaier.

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Modern guesthouse in Præstø, Denmark

Natural light floods a small guesthouse in Præstø, on the Danish island of Zealand, through a clerestory window.

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Renovated tavern in Chicago

Natural light filters through a series of apertures, including a clerestory window above the kitchen area, in a former tavern in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood. Photo by Doug Fogelson/DRFP.

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Mid-century modern renovation in Santa Monica, California

The clerestory windows in this the midcentury modern house by A. Quincy Jones in Santa Monica, California, were originally screens covered by sliding plywood panels that could be opened to let in light and air. Photo by Darcy Hemley.

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modern house in Kansas City, Missouri

Architect Jamie Darnell had a simple plan for his family’s home in Kansas City, Missouri, but the result is anything but plain. Ample windows, including a clerestory strip in the living room, let in plenty of natural light during the day Photo by Chad Holder.

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clerestory window in modern cottage in connecticut

A lofted sleeping space furnished with a king-size bed was made possible when Gray Organschi Architects raised the ceiling in the guest cottage they designed for a couple in Guilford, Connecticut, to create a triangular clerestory window. The move carved out enough headroom to make the second-floor space usable, while still keeping the cottage in compliance with strict local zoning rules for “accessory” buildings. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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