Dwell's Favorite 55 Windows Design Photos And Ideas

Modern windows have the vital task of connecting your home with the outside world. Bringing in air and light, they provide opportunities for contemplation when arranged above a dining nook, or a portal to the natural world when overlooking an oceanside scene. Framed with wood, metal, or vinyl, these inspiring window designs range from skylights to picture windows.

"As one moves between levels, a variety of unexpected vantage points and views are revealed," says the firm.
This cozy perch is begging you to sit down with a good book.
Pivoting brass shutters were custom built to highlight the shape of the windows. They can be turned to block views for privacy.
The living room of Wood H by Dualchas Architects has a sweeping view of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean.
As a thought-provoking exploration of environment and design, this minimalist ring-shaped holiday home in Aragon, Spain, abandons boundaries and opens itself up to nature. Designed with a distinct shape and circular symmetry, the indoor and outdoor spaces of Solo Circle are visually and physically linked to the house’s hilltop wilderness setting, as well as a sun-soaked interior courtyard with a pool.
Historic centres usually have a clear, harmonious melody, but oftentimes the soundscapes of the outer layers of a city are disrupted, lacking a conductor able to integrate architectonic interventions throughout space and time.
The gable roofs of the house are expressed on the second floor, where the lofted ceilings are covered with birch plywood.
The lower level is clad in locally sourced stone. The punched windows feature weathered steel accents.
Miguel Angel Aragonés is seen in the cantilevered second-floor bedroom that overlooks the rear courtyard.
Available as a holiday rental, the house comes with multiple bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, living areas, a hot tub, and a fitness center.
While modern in style, Heva channels the beauty of nature.
Like Irving Gill’s Dodge House, Zamarbide’s dwelling is designed to capture changing shadows and daylight with its minimalist surfaces while framing views through arched windows.
Locally sourced, low-emitting materials were used inside and out. The floors throughout are bamboo.
A narrow glass window that cuts through the interiors from floor to ceiling.
Casa Gilardi by Luis Barragán
Casa Gilardi by Luis Barragán
The living room resembles a large eye with a curved window and an eyelash-like eave that protects against dust, wind, sun, and rain.
Views from the main living area focus on the surrounding vegetation. "Instead of placing the house on the spot with the best view, it is situated in a way that is tailored to the specific terrain, and gives prominence to the views from the outdoor room," write Lung Hagem Arkitekter.
The upper section of the façade is clad in timber, and features large steel-framed windows that extend slightly beyond the siding.
In the entryway, a Tati lamp by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell sits on a shelf Christopher made from kitchen cabinetry scraps.
The unique window arrangement floors the space with light and improves the flow of air through the space.
The outcrop of rock and a tree have been incorporated into the design of the home.
This writer’s studio features ample lighting and carefully chosen windows and openings—essential elements of an uplifting she shed or other outbuildings.
Potrero Residence  Facade
Windows and skylights have been strategically placed throughout to capture striking views of the surrounding trees. Here, a bedroom cantilevers above the entrance patio.
Casement windows let cooling breezes in from the west.
Windows transcend floor levels to discretely frame views of the surrounding neighborhood, offering slices of the vistas beyond.
The Weiners sit in one of the many large window bays, showing how the reused truck bodies look from within.
Kristine climbs out onto the concrete-tile roof deck through a hatch door in the upstairs loft.
The main living area is connected to the back unit by a modern bridge. Polished concrete is used for both floors and ceilings, and a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Stool accents the space.
A tall, slender window in front of the sink creates a built in light well, allowing daylight to reflect further inward.
The home of Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander in Orinda, in the hills east of Berkeley, California has a corridor with full glass walls and flat, glass roof and plenty of rooms that let sunlight in from many angles.
Blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, this 1,300-square-foot home on the island of Honshu, Japan by architect Keisuke Maeda has multiple windows and skylights surrounding its concrete base.
The Sculpture Gallery in architect Philip Johnson’s Glass House Estate in New Canaan, Connecticut is a skylighted space with an almost entirely glass roof that showcases Johnson’s art collection.
At the entry looking upward towards a Velux skylight, a vertical "sleeve" is made of stacked end grain plywood. The theme of vertical and horizontal architectural elements providing different environmental perspectives carries through to the rest of the home. Horizontal forms look out to the lake, while the vertical columns look up the sky.
Corner Window
Vignettes show off what Aumas does best. In this one, he takes advantage of the apartment’s tall windows.
The aluminium-framed windows throughout are by Australian company Capral. “We wanted as much glass as possible to enjoy the almost 360-degree views,” says resident Sarah Younger.

Tasmania, Australia
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Case Inlet Retreat
A sauna that looks out to the lake.