10 houses with minimal frames that invite the outside in

10 houses with minimal frames that invite the outside in
15 Aug. 2022 Spezifikation

How does the structure optimize natural light? Does it provide unobstructed views? Are windows a medium to bridge the gap between the indoors and surrounding landscape? Any critical dialogue on residential architecture always mentions how the openings are designed to maximise comfort and views. This is where minimal frames shine through – by enabling large glazed windows with minimal (slender) profiles.

Unlike traditional casement systems, glass becomes the primary component that is self-supporting and seamless. These windows blur the line between the interior spaces and the exterior, thus enhancing relations with the surrounding environment.

Minimal frames are sleek, timeless, and made to embrace natural light, allowing their application in almost every private residence. With custom-made configurations, shapes and profiles, minimal frames combine aesthetic simplicity, transparency and luxury. The following list comprises a collection of 10 such minimal frames which display sheer elegance and functionalism.


1. Black Cliff House
photo_credit Ema Peter
Ema Peter

The BlackCliff House is situated on Canada’s west coast, perched on a granite rock rising 40 meters above the shoreline below. This location is a geographical “half-way” point for a dispersed family...

ah!38 minimalist window
ah!38 excels as an exterior opening system comprising a balanced combination of thermal and acoustic behavior, suited to all climates. It offers great flexibility in the modular composition of openings, including open...
2. House Zurich Lowlands Region
photo_credit Beat Bühler photography, Zurich
Beat Bühler photography, Zurich

The generous glazing creates the feeling of living not only with but in nature. The support-free and openable corner glazing gives the building a unique lightness. All rooms impress with lots of light...

Sliding Windows
Air-Lux Technik AG
The horizontal highlightThanks to air lux’s patented sealing system, compromises are a thing of the past when it comes to sliding windows. air-lux guarantees 100% impermeability with...
3. A house by the sea shore
photo_credit Amit Geron
Amit Geron

Light and horizon play together within the design of this home located on the mediterranean shore. The shining sun, a long wire thin line, and the blue of the sea serve as everlasting starting points that guide the ar...

Minimalist Window - Sliding
Opt for simplicity and free your imagination, with infinite adaptability.The sliding window is a unique horizontal opening solution. The structure is anodised 25 micron aluminium a...
4. Villa Agapanthus

The house is built at the highest point of Nikiana, in the east side of Lefkada island on top of a green hill enjoying panoramic views over the nearby islands. The project by Revergo Architecture involved the design o...

Alumil S.A
SMARTIA S560 is a robust insulated Liſt & Sliding system which provides high thermal performance, flexibility and is ideal for large openings.


5. Caramão BN House
photo_credit FG+SG – Architectural Photography
FG+SG – Architectural Photography

Renovation and expansion of a semi-detached house in Caramão neighbourhood, Lisbon. The highlight is drawn to the extension at the back, made possible by moving forward the rear façade into the i...

OS System - Minimal sliding system
Sosoares S.A.
Specifically conceived for larger frames, the OS minimalist sliding system rose as an answer to the most contemporary architectural trends, aiming to combine the maximum transparency with the minimum structural view,...


6. Centered Home
photo_credit Brandon Shigeta
Brandon Shigeta

Los Angeles, CA—Architects Annie Barrett (of aanda) and Hye-Young Chung (of HYCArch) have completely transformed an existing Spanish-style house in Los Angeles for a couple anticipating semi-retirement, and the...

OTIIMA Classic
Much more than a window - OTIIMA
OTIIMA CLASSIC is the first system developed by OTIIMA | Much more than a window. The goal was to create a frameless sliding door or window, shortening the limits between indoors and outdoors. A standa...


7. Villa 22º
photo_credit Hugo Thomassen
Hugo Thomassen

In Villa 22º, water serves as the connecting element. Not only did water play a unifying role in the construction process when pouring concrete, it also has a defining function in the way in which the villa is ex...

KELLER minimal windows®4+
Keller minimal windows
KELLER minimal windows®4+ Driving rain tightness Class E1050 according to EN 12208   Design sliding system permanently driving-rain-tight  ...


8. Silver Summit
photo_credit Miranda Kimberlin
Miranda Kimberlin

In the Rocky Mountains of North America near Park City, Utah the views are as world class as its skiing. The natural landscape is beautifully rugged and harsh with a climate to match.  While it supplies limitless...

Windsor Windows and Doors
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9. Vista Doro
photo_credit Stefan Küng
Stefan Küng


Sliding doors
swissFineLine sliding windows and doors impress through their minimalist design and absolute transparency. They contribute to limitless architectural possibilities and designs characterised by a sense of lightness.


10. House Roces
photo_credit Tim Van de Velde
Tim Van de Velde

Villa Roces is integrated in an oblong terrain of about 70m long and 30m wide, situated in the forest surroundings of Bruges. The concept consists of a 50 m long and a 4.20 m high wooden wall flanking 6 m wide glass...

Janisol doors and windows
Janisol doors: tried and tested technology. The flush-fitted door profile series lends itself to aesthetically and structurally complex single and double leaf doors. The use of high-quality insulating bars means that...


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