55 Clerestory Windows Ideas For More Natural Light
Clerestory windows are small windows placed along the upper part of a wall, are a common feature in mid-century modern homes. But their history goes back much further than a mere 70 years or so— they date back to the ancient Egyptians, as they were used in sacred temples to fill the spaces with light. They were used in other religious institutions throughout the centuries too— in synagogues, cathedrals and basilicas.
Why Get Clerestory Windows?
People usually get clerestory windows for additional light that they give to a room. But they also offer other benefits, for example, you can use only clerestory windows to let there be light without the windows taking up entire walls. In warm climates, clerestory windows are often preferred because they let in the same amount of light as low windows but the light is less harsh. This is because the sunlight is filtered above, leaving your room lighted but not too hot. As clerestory windows are mostly placed rather high, it makes them ideal for bathrooms and bedrooms, where you want more natural light incoming but still want much privacy. When clerestory windows are added above other windows, they make it appear as if the entire wall is made of glass. There can be a support beam between the two window rows so you get the effect without the danger of having a wall of windows.
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Types Of Clerestory Windows
You can have clerestory windows without having a row of narrow windows above other windows. Clerestory windows simply need to be higher than part of the roof. This gives a lot of room for creativity. You can even put standard windows up above and call them clerestory windows. Remember clerestory isn’t a design style, it’s an architectural style. So any type of window can be a clerestory window.
Clerestory windows can work with the pitch of the roof and can be pitched, too. Dual clerestory windows are also welcome – just add clerestory windows to two sides of a room. You can do even more, but usually, the architecture will only allow two opposing sides. This will make sure there is natural light coming in at all times of the day.
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