Located on Henry Island in Washington State’s Salish Sea, this isolated residence was afforded unparalled views. The living room window strongly frames and divides the view thanks to broad wood paneling, one wood mullion, and a substantial grey I-beam. Stepping back, the angled clerestory and sliding doors create a more dynamic way to see (and walk) outside.
This cabin retreat in Norway’s Krokskogen forest was also gifted with a beautiful panorama. The floor-to-ceiling windows and netural-toned interior maximize the warmth of the low Scandinavian sun; they also offer residents a flowing and immersive connection to the outdoors.
Designed by Barend Koolhaas, Rem Koolhaas's nephew, this Dutch weekend home had to avoid views of a neighboring home. Koolhaas' solution was a triangular plan: the house is closed on its two shorter sides but fully exposed along its longest side, which faces the private garden seen here. That glass wall is 57ft long and creates a purely horizontal framing of the verdant vista.
Some designs take a simple approach to thier views. This Maine cottage, located on a remote island, uses common wooden sliding doors to frame its ocean views. Their easy operability was essential to capturing refreshing cross-breezes.
This Los Angeles bungalow renovation uses an alternating series of massive ceiling beams to uniquely frame its urban vista. The ceiling actually slopes upwards, creating an almost telescopic visual effect.