Space4Architects added a small circular skylight to serve as a vertical focal point in the center of the fifth floor of this Upper West Side town house. The quarter-sawn white oak risers produce a beautiful rippled grain highlighted by the abundant natural light.
With a little faith and a lot of foresight, Keisha Martin entrusted Laura Briggs and Jonathan Knowles to revitalize a derelict rowhouse, returning it to its original splendor and then some. Martin’s new home is both an homage to the past and a design for the future. Briggs and Knowles based their design of the oculus on traditional Victorian skylights but tweaked it to fit a more modern sensibility and outfitted it with fluorescent tubing to recreate the effect in the evening.
American history lives on in this family’s Tribeca, New York, loft after a renovation by a couple of enterprising architects. The architects had to gain approval from the co-op board to break through to the roof—the loft is on the top floor—and add a terrace and master bedroom suite.
Light streams into this 190-foot renovated grain silo through an oculus at the top that the residents transformed into a skylight. The silo was transported to Phoenix in a pickup truck.
Taking a calculated turn from tradition, two Czech architects designed this modern rendition of a classic Bohemian home, powered by solar panels and a geothermal heat pump that draws energy from the ground itself, 300 feet underground.
Circular “sun disks” cut into the slanted roof create light shafts that move throughout the day, casting angular shadows as they pass over the steel staircases and catwalk.
Three protruding circular skylights, one of the most striking features of a renovated mid-century house in San Juan, are angled to shed morning and afternoon light on the spacious living room and adjacent lap pool.
Architectural firm Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen filled the roof of a house in Denmark with circular Plexiglass skylights that allow sunlight to filter into the home’s minimalist spaces, including this concrete-encased bathroom.
The interiors of a rectangular prefab home in Los Angeles are already bright, thanks to a central courtyard, but large circular skylights throughout the house admit additional light and offer glimpses of the sky.
An architect’s home in Kehena, Hawaii features a wood-clad and mosaic-tiled tub room, which is lit by a six-foot-wide circular skylight.