10 Stunning Skylights

August 12, 2014
Skylights come in all shapes and sizes, but their practicality is universal. These rooms feature a variety of overhead cut-outs that admit an abundance of natural light.
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  Three protruding circular skylights, one of the most striking features of a renovated mid-century house in San Juan, are angled to shed morning and afternoon light on the spacious living room and adjacent lap pool.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    Three protruding circular skylights, one of the most striking features of a renovated mid-century house in San Juan, are angled to shed morning and afternoon light on the spacious living room and adjacent lap pool.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  The master bathroom of an architect’s home in Amsterdam features a skylight not in the middle of the ceiling, but around its edges. The resulting slivers of light spill down the walls and lend the space a soft glow.  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

    The master bathroom of an architect’s home in Amsterdam features a skylight not in the middle of the ceiling, but around its edges. The resulting slivers of light spill down the walls and lend the space a soft glow.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  A renovated guesthouse in New Haven feels more spacious due in part to a raised portion of the ceiling, which not only provides more headroom but also lets in a stream of light through the resulting triangular skylight.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney

    A renovated guesthouse in New Haven feels more spacious due in part to a raised portion of the ceiling, which not only provides more headroom but also lets in a stream of light through the resulting triangular skylight.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  Architectural firm Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen filled the roof of a house in Denmark with circular Plexiglass skylights that allow sunlight to filter into the home’s minimalist spaces, including this concrete-encased bathroom.  Photo by: Erik Zappon

    Architectural firm Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen filled the roof of a house in Denmark with circular Plexiglass skylights that allow sunlight to filter into the home’s minimalist spaces, including this concrete-encased bathroom.

    Photo by: Erik Zappon

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  Sunlight from a rectangular cutout in the ceiling of a tiny New York apartment streams down a custom Corian sculptural wall, brightening the space and creating an interesting play of light and shadow.  Photo by: David Allee

    Sunlight from a rectangular cutout in the ceiling of a tiny New York apartment streams down a custom Corian sculptural wall, brightening the space and creating an interesting play of light and shadow.

    Photo by: David Allee

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  The interiors of a rectangular prefab home in Los Angeles are already bright, thanks to a central courtyard, but large circular skylights throughout the house admit additional light and offer glimpses of the sky.  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

    The interiors of a rectangular prefab home in Los Angeles are already bright, thanks to a central courtyard, but large circular skylights throughout the house admit additional light and offer glimpses of the sky.

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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  The renovation of an old farmhouse in northern Italy was no small task due to irregular stonework and strict government regulations, but calculated decisions, such as a series of large skylights in the kitchen, helped make the space light and inviting, while still preserving the structure’s integrity.  Photo by: Helenio Barbetta

    The renovation of an old farmhouse in northern Italy was no small task due to irregular stonework and strict government regulations, but calculated decisions, such as a series of large skylights in the kitchen, helped make the space light and inviting, while still preserving the structure’s integrity.

    Photo by: Helenio Barbetta

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  The greenhouse of a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen was converted into a dining room and sitting area, but four remaining skylights fill the space with plenty of natural light.  Photo by: Jonas Bjerre-Polsen

    The greenhouse of a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen was converted into a dining room and sitting area, but four remaining skylights fill the space with plenty of natural light.

    Photo by: Jonas Bjerre-Polsen

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  The aquamarine bathroom of a San Francisco home features an expansive skylight that opens, allowing rain to drizzle onto the glass mosaic floor.  Photo by: Justin FantlCourtesy of: justin fantl photography

    The aquamarine bathroom of a San Francisco home features an expansive skylight that opens, allowing rain to drizzle onto the glass mosaic floor.

    Photo by: Justin Fantl

    Courtesy of: justin fantl photography

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  An architect’s home in Kehena, Hawaii features a wood-clad and mosaic-tiled tub room, which is lit by a six-foot-wide circular skylight.  Photo by: Linny Morris

    An architect’s home in Kehena, Hawaii features a wood-clad and mosaic-tiled tub room, which is lit by a six-foot-wide circular skylight.

    Photo by: Linny Morris

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