Design Details: Corner Windows

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    Whit Preston

    A beautifully crafted corner window offers this indoor living room the feeling of being out in nature. Project: Lakeview Residence, Austin, Texas; Architect: alterstudio, Austin

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    Wayne N.T. Fuji'

    A glass box adds a punch of modern design and some visual juxtaposition to this home’s traditional farmhouse forms. Project: Casco Bay, Freeport, Maine; Architect: Elliott + Elliott Architecture, Blue Hill, Maine; Builder: Stroudwater Construction, South Portland, Maine

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Wrapping clerestory windows add variety to this home's interior without disrupting the living space's all-white palette. Project: Madrona Live/Work, Seattle; Architect: Tyler Engle Architects, Seattle; Builder: Christensen Construction, Bellevue, Wash.

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    Tyler Stephens

    Wrapping this home’s floor-to-ceiling window walls around corners gives the illusion that its sculptural roof is floating. Project: AB Highway Residence, West Plains, Mo.; Architect: Core10 Architecture, St. Louis; Builder: Feller Construction, West Plains

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    Ciro Coelho/cirocoelho.com

    Dramatic 13-foot walls of floor-to-ceiling glass lend an ultra-hip vibe to this Southern California home and offer unhindered views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Project: Ladera Residence, Montecito, Calif.; Architect: Barton Myers Associates, Los Angeles; Builder: Caputo Construction, Los Angeles

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    This soaking tub, surrounded by views of nearby woods, makes for a supremely serene master bath. Project: Becherer House, Charlottesville, Va.; Architect: Robert M. Gurney, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Shelter Associates, Charlottesville, Va.

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    Chuck Choi

    For a family retreat nestled in a New England forest, cedar walls join forces with oversized windows to give residents the feeling of being in nature, whether inside or out. Project: Family Camp, Boston-area, Mass.; Architect: Tom Murdough, Boston
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Stacked corner windows help to punctuate this ultra-modern home’s angles while staying in step with its subdued palette. Project: Bloom House, Glen Echo, Md.; Architect: Robert M. Gurney, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Bloom Builders, Bethesda, Md.

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    Douglas Hill

    The architects of this live/work unit in Venice, Calif., wanted the residential upper level to have a modern-but-warm feel. To help achieve that, the brick and steel used on the office space façade gives way to 12-foot-tall windows that wrap the living area of the rear residential unit above. Project: Rose Avenue Residence and Studio, Venice, Calif.; Architect/Builder: Reed Architectural Group, Venice

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    Robert Brewste

    A pair of windows sporting bright hunter green trim flank the top corner of a stair tower, adding an unexpected element to this coastal farmhouse that boosts visual interest without breaking ranks with the rest of the design. Project: River Point, South Coast, Mass.; Architect: Albert, Righter & Tittmann, Boston; Builder: Roger Wilkie Builder, Tiverton, R.I.
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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Corner window cutouts add depth to this geometric façade. Project: Hampton Lane House, Bethesda, Md.; Architect: Robert M. Gurney, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Freedom First Homes, Bethesda, Md.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    A glass-box entryway blurs the boundaries between indoors and out and helps to set the tone for this artful outbuilding, which serves as a poolhouse and outdoor eating area from which its owners can enjoy nature views year-round. Project: Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion, Bethesda, Md.; Architect: Robert M. Gurney, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Peterson and Collins, Washington

When it comes to corner windows, the product of two windows combined is clearly greater than the sum of its parts. Corner windows enable sweeping views, increase visual interest, and add a modern touch that can both enhance a contemporary design and update a traditional home without jarring the overall aesthetic.

As the projects in our slideshow illustrate, corner windows can be incorporated into styles ranging from farmhouse to sleek contemporary, on interiors or exteriors, and in any climate—in fact, what better way to encourage an indoor/outdoor feel even when the temperature drops?

Claire Easley is a senior editor at Builder. Senior Editor Amy Albert contributed reporting to this article.