The eyes are our windows out to the universe and inward to the soul. Likewise, a home’s windows offer a unique perspective to its exterior view and a fascinating look at the people who inhabit the space within. No other building component has quite the same impact on a home’s curb appeal and livability. Today, manufacturers offer more choices of windows than ever before, with dozens of framing options, security features and insulating alternatives. As building technology continues to evolve, windows are becoming more important than ever, particularly in the green, or sustainable, design movement.
Photographers have been fascinated by windows for years. Portuguese artist Andre Vicente Goncalves has devoted a great deal of his time to photographing the diverse architecture – and in particular, windows - of countries around the globe. Inspired by his popular photo series, “Windows of the World,” we thought it would be fun to take a look at the different ways homeowners around the world use the most common styles of windows to enhance their home’s architecture and express their personalities.