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July 2, 2015
Spanning whole walls and building facades, these formidable windows extend living spaces into the great outdoors—with sweeping panoramas and plenty of natural sunlight.

Midcentury designer Jens Risom's A-framed prefab family retreat on Block island is bordered by a low stone wall, an aesthetic element that appears throughout the land. In spring of 2012, Block Island contractor John Spier replaced the entire north-facing facade with a wall of glass panels.

Originally appeared in 10 Modern Gables
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Floating Farmhouse in Eldred New York

In renovating a 19th-century homestead in Upstate New York, homeowner Tom Givone had two bays removed and erected a new wing, similar in proportion to the original gabled structure but finished with a transparent portal of 22-foot-tall skyscraper glass—the ne plus ultra of the picture window.

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Originally appeared in Hope Floats
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modern living room connecticut

A glass-walled living room defines the Guilford, Connecticut cottage belonging to residents Suzanne and Brooks Kelley. An array of classic items paired with minimalist contemporary pieces furnish the room, all in a soothing mix of neutral hues.

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Originally appeared in Striking Angular Cottage in Connecticut
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Panorama of the Lookout House in Tasmania

A dramatic ceiling defines the interior of this inventive Tasmanian abode with maximized views of the landscape. Natural wool blend carpets help delineate boundaries in the open-plan space while softening the industrial appearance of the polished concrete floor in the kitchen, bathrooms, and entryway.

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Originally appeared in One-of-a-Kind Glass Facade Gives Tasmanian House Unforgettable Views
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Ove tub beside custom angled window.

In the master bathroom of this weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe, a matte Ove tub from Wetstyle provides a favorite escape. The angle of the custom window, designed with a minimal frame to maximize the view, mimics the roofline.

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Originally appeared in The Ski Retreat for All Seasons
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Cannon Beach home living room with euroflues stove and glass curtains

The glass curtain-wall system that surrounds this beachfront getaway on Oregon's rugged coast took nearly a year to realize. It was painstakingly designed and tested so it would hold up to punishing winds off the Pacific Ocean that can reach 120 mph. Here, a wood-burning stove by Euroflues hangs suspended from the living room ceiling.

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Originally appeared in This Glass House Conquers the Coast
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Micro Cluster Cabins in Norway are located beside the sea.

A cluster of pavilions comprise this family retreat that abuts a rocky cliff in Herfell, Norway. The central cabin with a glass facade provides communal living spaces, while the two cabins that flank it are used as private sleeping quarters.

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Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Originally appeared in This Cozy Retreat Holds the Cure for Cabin Fever
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Modern prefab shed in Finland

Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on this glass prefab shed-meets-sleeping-cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt-dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland.

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Originally appeared in Shedded Bliss
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Vegetarian Cottage dining room and glass wall.

In Hackney, East London, Cousins & Cousins Architects transformed a Victorian home, crafting an addition that is both inconspicuous and transformative. The extension, which houses a dining room on its first floor and a bedroom on its second, was built using bricks and windows repurposed from an earlier demolition. On the lower level, floor-to-ceiling glass walls open up the dining area to the garden, and plenty of natural sunlight. 

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Originally appeared in A Glass Addition Blends Right in at This London Victorian
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São Paulo architect Isay Weinfeld's Casa Deck offers cinematic vistas, a lush garden, and a retreat from Brazil's largest city. Long curtains conceal its floor-to-ceiling windows for moments for privacy. 

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Originally appeared in Blockbuster Movies Can't Compete with These Monumental Views
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Midcentury designer Jens Risom's A-framed prefab family retreat on Block island is bordered by a low stone wall, an aesthetic element that appears throughout the land. In spring of 2012, Block Island contractor John Spier replaced the entire north-facing facade with a wall of glass panels.

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