47 Windows Skylight Window Type 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.

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.
A detail of the ceiling design.
Four aluminum-frame skylights were created on the building's original roof.
The interior "tubular" shell forms these organic window openings in some spots.
A built-in ladder provides access to the roof deck.  The blue skies contrast with the light pink walls, creating a pastel composition of solid and void.
A study area that looks out to the street.
Skylights flooding the staircase in natural daylight and increasing the sense of height in the house.
Factory-style skylights on the northern facets of the sawtooth roof.
Fully-glazed walls and skylights flood the living space with sunlight.
Four generous skylight windows to flood the interiors with light.
A circular skylight illuminate the living areas.
Skylights on the second level of the house.
The ceilings of the attic slope downwards towards level of the cullis, to create a more cloistered atmosphere.
A walkable glass skylight filters light to the second floor.
A skylight in the ceiling floods the house’s double-height wood trellis bridge with plenty of natural light.
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Skylight over stair
Additional light is brought into the living space by a series of triangular skylights.
Because the residents wanted lighting “to fade away,” the home makes the most of natural light and minimizes fixtures. Each room has two sources of daylight, usually in the form of floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights. Fluorescent lights integrate into the surface of the skylights so they don’t protrude into the space.
McAvoy worked with builder Stephen Campbell on structural elements such as the glass floor and walls.
When architect Marc-André Plasse realized that he was unable to add a second story to his Montreal house due to a weak foundation, he eked out another 500 square feet with a clever multilevel addition on one side to create a master bedroom with an interior balcony that cantilevers over the dining area.
A giant plywood scoop curves down from a row of clerestory windows in the loft, refracting light.
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The addition arrived in 10 pieces, including a support for the staircase; all of them were craned onto the roof and assembled in a single day.
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New Haven, Connecticut
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The tatami room (pictured) has mats from the Futon Company and a “Hinamatsuri” mobile adds a cheery touch.
The architects had to gain approval from the co-op board to break through to the roof—the loft is on the top floor—and add a terrace and master bedroom suite.
Structural changes were immediately made to the original shell to bring in more natural light. The small windows on the front façade were dramatically replaced with a folding window assembly that stretches the entire width of the room. Skylights were cleverly added slightly beneath the peak pitch of the roof to funnel light towards the mezzanine, while still illuminating the main floor below. Warm, rich iroko wood spans the ceiling and wall, and also extends to the seating bench beneath the window.
Kristine climbs out onto the concrete-tile roof deck through a hatch door in the upstairs loft.
Briggs and Knowles based their design of the oculus on traditional Victorian skylights but tweaked it to fit a more modern sensibility and outfitted it with fluorescent tubing to recreate the effect in the evening.
This compact London apartment by architects Silvia Ullmayer and Allan Sylvester and joiner Roger Hynam has a fully retractable mechanical skylight that opens and closes automatically when its sensors detect rain or excessive wind.
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.
A lofted sleeping space furnished with a king size Design Within Reach American Modern bed was made possible when the architects raised the ceiling to create a triangular skylight. 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.
Inside the house, the speed of the planet’s rotation is indicated by the rate of the light beam’s movement over the floor and walls. When the Burkes first moved in, the speed of shifting light made them dizzy.
Raymond takes a break on the master bedroom’s interior balcony, which is cantilevered over the dining area.
Here, the material palette continues: Plywood makes up the deep window frames, built-in shelving, and wall panels, which have been cut into gently jagged, unconventional forms.
The abstract geometry of the exterior allows for unique openings and this sklylight, which provides natural light to the staff throughout the day. "One of my ambitions is to place openings, windows, and roof lights strategically, so you get a sense of the time of day and the weather," says Brooks.
The gold (nonfunctioning) surveillance camera by artist Camp Bosworth in the stairwell previously hung in the glass entryway of the family’s former house in Houston.
Smith designed the custom cabinets, which were fashioned from medium-density fiberboard with a white lacquer finish. There are three drawer heights. "The faces are consistent but some, when you open them up, are triple-height," Smith says. "So that helps with things that are really large, like sleeping bags or camping stuff or whatever. They're three feet deep, so it goes into the knee wall, which is really handy. So you get lots and lots of storage."