The Bay Window Goes Modern

Square tubes, cantilevered cubes, mixed glass ... new plays on bay windows are boldly branching out in modern architecture

When modern and contemporary architecture "abandon" traditional architectural elements in favor of new forms, one of the elements left behind is the bay window. Yet if we think of these elements as reinterpretations of traditions in architecture rather than abandonments (columns, for example, are turned into skinny pilotis without details like capitals), then the idea of the bay window is alive and well, if less used than it should be.

Here you'll find six examples that show the benefits of modern answers to bay windows — increased area, light and seating capacity — and the various means of expressing the idea in modern houses and in modern renovations of old houses.

The Bay Window Goes Modern

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