Ways to Design with Circles

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Representing unity and protection, circles become creative design elements in these homes.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, and Medium Hardwood Floor. The LC4 lounge is by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina. Operable porthole windows on the east facade offer ventilation. Photo  of Ways to Design with CirclesView Photos

This home on a sloping hill overlooking downtown San Francisco features a number of innovative elements, such as operable porthole windows for ventilation, cut into the floor-to-ceiling glass wall on the east facade. The process of designing became “a project where we could play with ideas, not just a method of having a house made,” says homeowner Peter Russell-Clarke.

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, and Metal Tread. The trip from garage to first floor is through a wood-clad spiral staircase that resembles a giant slatted barrel. Photo  of Ways to Design with CirclesView Photos

The trip from the first floor to the garage is through a wood-clad spiral staircase that resembles a giant slatted barrel.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Wood Siding Material. Cooke clad the building in a black-stained, sustainably-grown Canadian cedar, a durable choice that ages well and requires little maintenance. The dark glazing was chosen so windows appear seamless, accentuating the form of the building. Photo  of Ways to Design with CirclesView Photos

Upon returning to her New Zealand roots, a former Zaha Hadid and Peter Marino protégé designed a kid-friendly home for her family in Queenstown. Circular cement stepping stones in varying sizes pair well with the dramatic black-stained, sustainably-grown Canadian cedar cladding.

Modern home with Kids Room, Bedroom Room Type, Bed, Light Hardwood Floor, Pre-Teen Age, and Toddler Age. The combination bunk bed and playhouse is another whimsical gesture the architect designed specifically for her two daughters. The spaces are organized in such a way that they can play independently or together. Photo  of Ways to Design with CirclesView Photos

In a kids' room, small circular peepholes allow natural light to stream in to the combination bunk bed and playhouse area.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Table, and Medium Hardwood Floor. The dining room is adjacent to the open-plan living area and shares the view out over the deck and garden to bushland. Throughout the house, the floorboards are made from recycled blackbutt timber. Photo  of Ways to Design with CirclesView Photos

The homeowner of this Australian beachside getaway used a decorative, handmade rug with a large circular pattern in the dining room.

Modern home with Outdoor, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Horizontal Fences, Wall, and Back Yard. The first thing landscape designer Laura Cooper asked Devis and Purdy was to recall childhood gardens and outdoor play. In that spirit, she designed their backyard, integrating the high ground with the low just outside the “kids’ wing.” The resulting series of outdoor rooms on this quarter-acre is full of memory and play. Photo  of Ways to Design with CirclesView Photos

In this Los Feliz yard, landscape designer Laura Cooper implemented natural circular elements from a tree trunk to create a playful groundcover on the patio.

In another section of the yard, Cooper added varying-sized circular cement stepping stones, which lead toward an elevated planter filled with California-native plants. Photo  of Ways to Design with Circles modern homeView Photos

In another section of the yard, Cooper added varying-sized circular cement stepping stones, which lead toward an elevated planter filled with California-native plants.

Modern home with Hallway and Light Hardwood Floor. In the bedroom wing, sunlight shines down from the Plexiglass bubbles. Steel in the cutaways reflects the light. Photo  of Ways to Design with CirclesView Photos

In the bedroom wing of this summer home in Denmark, sunlight filters in through Plexiglass bubbles and bounces off of circular, steel-cased skylights against wood-clad walls.

Modern home with Bath Room and One Piece Toilet. A Jutland, Denmark, house designed by Mette Nygaard and Morten Schmidt of the architecture firm Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen features a minimalist bathroom that's naturally lit with Plexiglass skylights. Read the whole story here. Photo  of Ways to Design with CirclesView Photos

A single, large, round skylight in the minimalist bathroom, designed by Mette Nygaard and Morten Schmidt of the architecture firm Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen, is the only light necessary in the space during the day.