If you wish your small apartment had more natural light, you’ll love what designer Aldana Ferrer Garcia’s cooked up. The Brooklyn-based architect and artist created “More Sky,” an innovative window that can increase an apartment’s access to sunlight and fresh air without major renovations. The timber-and-glass window protrudes from the building wall to create a cozy nook where you can lean back and soak in the sun.
Garcia developed “More Sky” as part of her master’s thesis project at Pratt Institute, where she’s pursuing a Masters of Industrial Design degree. She began her design process by studying popular window types and exploring how she could modify the systems to increase access to sunlight and provide seating. Her final proposal includes three “More Sky” product designs that adapt to existing frames for a hopper window, casement window, and awning window.
Our favorite of the three is the “More Sky” hopper niche, a frame that telescopes outwards to form a reclined seating area, where users can sit back and look upwards at the sky. “More Sky is a cozy corner for the home that provides visual relief, access to sunlight and fresh air for small apartments,” writes Garcia. “As an attempt to understand the threshold between ID and architecture, this project is conceived as an object and a space at the same time, responding to current needs in densely populated cities.”
Images via Aldana Ferrer Garcia