Circular windows are spot on in adding a whole new dimension to a home’s architectural outlook
An architectural detail that I find really wonderful is the round or oval windows. Placed judiciously, small circles of glass stand out in a home’s design, creating a strong architectural punctuation mark in an otherwise ordinary space while bringing additional light and often an unexpected view into the interior of a home.
The original name for this kind of window was oeil-de-boeuf, literally “ox’s eye”; it’s also called an oculus. While I’m not entirely sure how the name came about, it seems appropriate. These windows do resemble eyes looking out at the world. And just as eyes are said to be windows to the soul, these windows also can offer an intriguing and unusual glimpse into a home’s interior.
In the end, though, this wonderful architectural element’s origins don’t really matter. What does matter is that an ox-eye window could well be that bit of architectural grammar that’s needed to complete your home’s statement.
Published with permission from Houzz. Bud Dietrich, AIA November 23, 2012, Houzz Contributor.
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