The use of large panes of glass on the exterior of a dwelling is a popular trend in residential architecture as it is an effective way to make living spaces feel bigger and brighter.
Another major benefit of using expanses of glazing and floor-to-ceiling windows is maximising outward views, which can help connect occupants to the outdoors and, in turn, boost wellbeing.
This is the latest in our lookbook series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing statement skylights, welcoming terraces and living rooms with sculptural furniture.
Sweeping views of the Utah desert are enjoyed through the window wall of this living room in The Watchman Cabin, a remote home created by Imbue Design for a nature-loving client.
The interior is finished with a restrained grey palette, helping to retain focus on the colours of the dramatic vista beyond.
Architecture studio Olson Kundig used floor-to-ceiling glazing and sliding doors to provide the living spaces of this house with fresh air and sightlines over Sydney’s Bilgola Beach.
Outside, the glazed areas incorporate retractable louvres, allowing the dwelling to be sealed off from the beachfront in inclement weather.
According to the studio’s founder, the goal was to “avoid a wall of glass” but to frame the expansive undulating landscape that surrounds the rocky site.
Views of woodland through floor-to-ceiling windows animate the pared-back living spaces of Whidbey Island Farm, a country retreat in the Pacific Northwest by MW Works.
The home is divided into three volumes that are positioned across the gently sloping site, providing each room with unique viewpoints of the surrounding landscape.
According to the studio, these large portions of glazing are intended to make the residence feel “more like exterior garden than interior, a space in which furniture and plants are placed directly under the blue sky”.
High Desert Retreat’s living room has floor-to-ceiling windows that Aidlin Darling Design incorporated to celebrate the home’s elevated vantage in California’s Palm Desert.
Some portions of glazing also open up the room to the outside, leading down to a swimming pool that runs almost the entire length of the house.
On one side of the living room, the glazing is opened to create a link to a decked area outside. Minimal furniture and finishes retain focus on views towards the Baltic sea.
In the living room, the doors provide access to a large terrace that is built from concrete to match the internal flooring and “blur the boundaries between inside and outside”.
The living room is finished with materials chosen to reflect the colours and textures of the adjoining terrace and adjacent woodland, establishing a connection to the outside.
Pavilion House is a holiday home in rural Suffolk that has almost entirely glazed walls, including those in its pared-back living room.
According to its designer, Norm Architects, this is to acknowledge “that the big-ticket item in the setting is indeed the countryside” and ensure views of it throughout the dwelling.
This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing statement skylights, welcoming terraces and living rooms with sculptural furniture.
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