Ten well-designed window seats for peaceful contemplation


For our latest lookbook we have put together 10 houses with relaxing window seats from which the owners can watch the world go by.

From clever storage solutions to the creation of additional seating in the room: The window seats of these ten projects not only give the home a quiet corner to enjoy the view, but also fulfill a space-saving function.

Made from materials like concrete, charred wood, and plywood, many have been covered with pillows and pillows to quickly create an extra sofa or daybed.

This is the latest round up of our Dezeen Lookbooks range, providing visual inspiration to designers and design enthusiasts. Past lookbooks include marble bathrooms, stylish plywood interiors, and modern mid-century interiors.

Burnt House, UK, by Will Gamble Architects

True to its name, the Burnt House extension by Will Gamble Architects has a window seat made of blackened wood. It was designed based on Japanese architecture, which often uses char to treat wood.

The black steel-framed windows match the burnt seat, while a mid-century modern style rattan chair adds a decorative, organic touch to the room.

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Wyoming residence, USA, by CLB Architects

This house at the foot of the Teton Mountains in Wyoming is described by CLB Architects as “a quiet platform in the middle of the trees”.

A built-in wooden window seat offers a view of the rugged forest landscape and a nearby bookshelf offers many opportunities for a relaxed reading hour.

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Chalet from the 1960s, Belgium, by Graux & Baeyens

A concrete base creates a low reference point around the interior of this chalet in Belgium by Graux & Baeyens, which the studio designed as a single-family home for one of the studio’s co-founders.

Animal skins have been laid on the smooth concrete to create a more comfortable window seat for owners to sit and gaze at the surrounding landscape.

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Landaburu Borda by Jordi Hidalgo Tané

Landaburu Borda Extension, Spain, by Jordi Hidalgo Tané

This dramatic underground concrete extension of a Spanish stone building has long, large windows through which people can look from inside the “cave”.

In the kitchen, the window is equipped with a deep concrete threshold, which is covered with potted plants and also serves as a seating area.

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Woodpeckers from Strom Architects

Woodpeckers, United Kingdom, from Ström Architects

An elegant concrete window seat creates a reading nook in this larch and glass vacation home in England’s New Forest, designed to create a strong connection between the interior and the quaint exterior spaces.

Terracotta-colored cushions in the windowsill match the tiled floor, while a Josef Frank design cushion gives the minimalist seating area a whimsical touch.

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House R / Hidden Box by Nilsson Pflugfelder

House R, UK, by Nilsson Pflugfelder

Studio Nilsson Pflugfelder designed this prefabricated Cambridge house with windows carefully placed to avoid looking at neighbors’ properties.

In the kitchen and dining area, a large window with a deep seat offers almost space for two people and overlooks a walled garden full of potted plants.

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Raft Loft by Dash Marshall

Tribeca home, USA, by Dash Marshall

For this project in the New York district of Tribeca with lots of dark wood and green plants, two one-story apartments were converted into a large single-family house.

In a quiet corner of the living room, a wooden window sill serves both as a shelf for plants and as a small reading corner.

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Birkedal of vacation architecture

Birkedal, Denmark, by Jan Henrik Jansen

A luxurious, fluffy fur throw and natural linen textiles decorate this round window seat in a holiday home on the Danish island of Møn that is covered with wooden blocks.

The floor is covered in pebbles collected from a nearby beach which, combined with the white painted paneling and views over the Danish countryside, help the architect’s goal of bringing visitors closer to their rural surroundings.

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Nook House, UK, by Mustard Architects

A concrete window seat adorns this kitchen in a London home renovated by Mustard Architects. Storage space in wooden drawers is hidden under the informal bench.

A cookbook collection was placed in the corner room, which extends to the work surfaces, which serves as reading material suitable for the kitchen.

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Apartment for Přemek from Atelier 111 Architekti

Apartment in Prague, Czech Republic, by Atelier 111 Architekti

Built-in wooden shelves and a comfortable sofa bed have been added to this window in a Prague living room. The window seat functions as a sofa, while the wraparound bookshelves create a cozy, closed space.

Birch plywood was used to build the storage space around the existing windows. Under the sofa you will find more storage space in wooden drawers.

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This is the latest in our line of lookbooks with curated visual inspirations from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks showcasing residential libraries, plywood interiors, and marble bathrooms.

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