Gallery: Fakro’s Innovative Windows Transform Into Airy Rooftop Balconi...

Each of the balcony window panes is glazed to block solar gain and ensure insulation inside.

Designed for skylight windows on a pitched roof, the system works by installing two upward- and downward-opening windows instead of just a single skylight. The bottom window sash opens forward, creating a sturdy vertical wall for the balcony. The built-in slide rails move forward, creating a gated guard for either side of the balcony. The top window then opens upward at a 45-degree angle, creating enough head room for a person to step out onto the new balcony space. One set of windows creates a breezy outlook for one, but paired  with another set, the matching balconies are perfect for outdoor dining for two, or a place to unwind after work and breathe in fresh air of the outdoors.

Each of the balcony window panes is glazed to block solar gain and ensure insulation inside. When closed, the balcony rails recess into the sides, making it look like any ordinary skylight.  Fakro’s balcony windows can be installed to infuse a room with ample natural lighting. But users can also enjoy additional energy savings, as the automatic air inlets allow for maximum fresh air circulation, which will cut down tremendously on artificial climate control. Fakro’s innovative balcony windows not only give users a breath of fresh air, but they also open up the room and create new space.

+ Fakro

Via World Architecture News



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  1. tigerphoenixwatch April 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Very true Marko.

  2. Marko July 25, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Hardly a groundbreaking concept – Velux has been doing this for years – yet planners in the UK are still reluctant to see these put in due to their irrational fear of overlooking!

  3. BlueOak July 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Hmmm… actually Velux has had this type of “skylite balcony” for at least 10 years…so Fakro (I believe it’s a Polish company – that I’d never heard of until now) will likely be hearing from Velux if they compete in any of the same countries. Lame. Copy-cat.

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