A balcony isn't just for standing on and declaring yourself master of your domain. It's also a beautiful architectural feature that can turn an ordinary building into something fantastic. These are some of the most amazing balcony designs we've ever seen.
VM Houses in Ørestaden, a district of Copenhagen, Denmark, shaped like a V and an M from above, 2005
Hammokum, a balcony hammock by G10 Design
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The skyboxes of Willis (formerly named Sears) Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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The Mountain Dwellings (Bjerget) in Ørestaden, a district of Copenhagen, Denmark, designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group
Quai de la Graille with wonderful wooden balconies in Grenoble, France, by r2k Architects
Baufeld 10 in HafenCity, a district of Hamburg, Germany
A housing project in Izola, Slovenia, by Ofis Arhitekti, 2006
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This one in Khabarovsk, Russia
Teacup-like balconies, as a part of an advertising campaign in Japan
Housing Hatert by 24H in Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2011 with perforated metal balconies
The Isbjerget (Iceberg) in Aarhus, Denmark, designed by JDS Architects and CEBRA, 2013
Pradenn Social Housing in Nantes, France by Block Architects, 2013
The Avenue on Portage, by 5468796 Architecture in Winnipeg, Canada with mirrored balconies
The early-20th century Hample and Avenue Buildings were renovated by 5468796 after they had stood empty for almost two decades.
A swimming pool between two buildings of Hilton Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
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Another swimming pool on the tenth floor of the Joule Hotel in Dallas, Texas
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Lot 2, Jadins de la Lironde in Montpellier, France by the London-based Farshid Moussavi Architecture
The construction is set to begin next year.
Only a design: Swimming Pool balconies for the 37-story high Aquaria Grande complex in Mumbai, India, designed by James Law
(via My Modern Metropolis)
Terasa 153 in Belgrade, Serbia by Sanjay Puri Architects
Or why don't you use your balcony as a garage like these in Kiev, Ukraine and Russia?