Design Details: Framing Views

In modern/contemporary architecture windows veer between two extremes: discerning openings in solid walls and full-height glass (spanning from floor to ceiling). The second, especially popular in high-rise construction in cities, completely opens up the residence to outside views, no matter exposure. On the other hand that the very first tend to be irregular, instead of regular like conventional architecture, and may therefore be considered random. However, in several instances their placement is based on perspectives, linking insides to distant landmarks or vista.

The following photos exhibit a variety of ways of decorating views from modern architecture, from small openings to expansive ones. The main idea is a deliberate framing of character or the town, turning the window into a picture, an ever-changing one.

Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a]

The town of Los Angeles is the magnificent vista in this Hollywood Hills house. While the windows wrap the entire living space, this is clear. The remaining portion of the house is also a mixture of punched openings and other full-height glazing. In every case the decision is appropriate to the opinion and varying degrees of privacy. Here the reduced ceiling of the living room reinforces the horizon along with the expanse of LA..

Sagan / Piechota Architecture

The bedroom in this house in Big Sur, California also understandably opens up a large window into the Pacific Ocean vista. The incorporation of built-in seating into this bay window is an extra nice touch, which makes this THE place to maintain the house.

John Maniscalco Architecture

Another massive opening can be located in the living room of a Larkin Street residence in San Francisco. The window/glass wall slides open to link the space to the huge patio. The best lesson here is that when a view is being framed by a patio or balcony, it’s best to use a glass guardrail. Then people sitting , inside or out, can nevertheless take in the opinion.

John Maniscalco Architecture

In a different component of the Larkin Street residence, a room provides two viewpoints. The one on the left parallels the living room. However, the one on the right looks towards the haven, instead of the bridge. This small opening enables the person sitting at the built-in desk to be distracted by the boats and water.

Eggleston Farkas Architects

This cabin in north-central Washington country is composed of predominantly good side walls, helping to insulate the inside from the winds and cold. Nevertheless that horizontal window is fascinating…

Eggleston Farkas Architects

. . .The window sits alongside the dining room table, at just the correct height for people sitting for a dinner. Its size takes the sky from the picture, but it beautifully frames the landscape and grass round the cabin.

Eggleston Farkas Architects

Another flat window can be found in a cabin near Seattle, designed by the very same architects as the prior one. This narrow slot is located in a bedroomat a height which is employed with the furniture.

Cary Bernstein Architect

Of course, horizontal windows are not the only strategies to catch views of the surroundings. This house in Sonoma County, California takes advantage of the dramatic valley scenery with a pool and terrace. Inside every opportunity is taken to deliver that spectacle inside, even in this hallway. The window seat and see make a visit upstairs a relaxing and slow one.

Zack|de Vito Architecture + Construction

San Francisco’s landmark Coit Tower is styled in this small window. A bigger opening will certainly provide a bigger vista, however, the tower could be lost amongst the rest of the city. Here it is front and centre, like the window exists only to let it be seen.

John Maniscalco Architecture

The previous four photographs in this ideabook use this residence in the village of Sugar Bowl (in eastern California near Reno, Nevada) as an example of multiple means of framing views located in one design. The two floors are divided between a top with floor-to-ceiling glass and a lower level with strategically placed punched openings.

John Maniscalco Architecture

The kitchen/dining area recalls the cabin introduced earlier, however here the design takes advantage of the corner place. A searchable window (left) frames the trees, whereas the flat window (right) looks into the distance at the snow drift along with a small building.

John Maniscalco Architecture

This square-ish window is like wallpaper with trees and snow. Of course, this kind of thing — clear glass beside a tub — can not be done everywhere, but in Sugar Bowl it makes for a lovely soak.

John Maniscalco Architecture

From the guest bedroom, the relationship between outside and inside is as explicit as any picture in this ideabook. Each mattress on every level has a perfectly framed view outside, only for them. In spite of skiing and snow, these windows may make it tough to get out of bed!

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