Because the residents of this San Francisco renovation 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. The result: a beautiful geometric composition come to life.
A clever renovation helped this London apartment feel larger than its 576 square feet. The addition of a lofted bedroom features a retractable skylight, allowing its resident to gaze at the stars.
Skylights form the focal point of architectural interest in the living room of this San Juan home, where architect Nataniel Fúster creating rounded openings encased in thick, concrete cylinders.
“We wanted a big kitchen to live in, not a small technical place to cook,” says Guido Chiavelli, who returns from work every day to have lunch with his wife and son at his home—a renovated farmhouse in Northern Italy. At the far end, a series of skylights forms what almost feels like an entirely glass ceiling. “Cooking while it’s raining is fascinating,” he says.
When Joel Contreras of Phoenix renovated his 1927 bungalow in the Coronado Historic District, he added a series of skylights, including this one, in a living area that leads out to the backyard.
In this Hawaiian abode, a rounded structure houses an intimately private bathtub, with a rounded skylight above.
In the living room of this residence in Portland, Oregon, a double-height window and a skylight work together to frame a view of the Victorian Gothic church just across the street.
It’s not easy to transform a 15-foot-wide building site—wedged between houses in every direction—into a home that feels more spacious than its location allows. To achieve a level of comfort on this tiny plot between two virtually identical prefab houses in Tokyo, the architects brought in a sense of the outdoors with an enclosed courtyard that's finished with a grey brick floor, a live Evergreen Ash tree, and a series of skylights to bring the outdoors in.