Representing unity and protection, circles become creative design elements in these homes.
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.
The trip from the first floor to the garage is through a wood-clad spiral staircase that resembles a giant slatted barrel.
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.
In a kids' room, small circular peepholes allow natural light to stream in to the combination bunk bed and playhouse area.
The homeowner of this Australian beachside getaway used a decorative, handmade rug with a large circular pattern in the dining room.
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.
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.
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.