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Ribbons of glass.

Ribbons of glass

When we think of windows, we usually picture boxy shapes at eye level. But sometimes abandoning these conventions is the best approach.

The eight examples you see here are narrow horizontal ribbons of glass that fulfill some very specific design objectives: light control, ventilation, space for wall display, heat gain or loss, privacy, view.

Narrow bands of glass can edit views. All these windows let in light but control and focus what you see. At the same time, they limit views into the house to protect privacy.

Putting narrow windows instead of larger ones on a house's north side means less heat loss; putting them on the south side prevents unwanted heat gain. Such windows can also help houses meet building code ratios of glass to square footage. Used as secondary sources of light, they can help balance illumination in a room.

Two other benefits shown here are increasing wall space for art display and achieving the high position that's best for venting excess heat and moisture.

Photo: Art display space fits below windows in Gale and Edward Dubrow's light-filled living room in Phoenix. Gale Dubrow was the artist, Ned Sawyer the architect

Photo: Two slots of glass plus one other small window are all that face the street in this house in Dana Point, California. The window dividers are exposed wall studs. Architects: Acmestudios, Los Angeles

Photo: High above hearth, window in living room of Vickie and David Benoliel's house cuts neighboring house out of view. Architects: Canatsey Weinstein, Seattle

Photo: Ring of light circles concrete-block guest room. Outside acrylic glazing, nearly invisible steel brackets support roof. Architect: William P. Bruder, Phoenix, for Nancy and John Clark

Photo: Frosted-glass window above mirror vents steam, keeps privacy, lets in abundant light. Design: The Hastings Group, Seattle DON NORMARK

Photo: Sewing room window, 23 by 105 inches, fits between wall cabinets and long work counter. It brightens the house of Glenda and Larry Freels in Orinda, California

Photo: When you're seated, long slot offers eye-level view from architect Johannes Van Tilburg's dining room in Malibu, California. Sideboard is built in under window

Photo: Headboard panel has mini-blinds for privacy and sleeping late. Architect: Jerry Bancroft, Redlands, California
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