Dormers: From Parisian Rooftops, Now to Contemporary Homes

Dormers are commonly found on traditional buildings, but not so much in today's contemporary designs. Why? We think the biggest reason is that gable roofs are often passed up in favor of flat ones in contemporary architecture, and dormers sort of rely on the sloped roof. But as with anything, there are exceptions. Here are some dormers on contemporary works of architecture:

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The dormer's long history is rooted in Paris, where the rooftop windows brought air and light into attic spaces, allowing them to be used for living quarters. So in a way, they can be held responsible for the densification of at least one spectacular city.

We love dormers for their sense of intimacy and the way they accent a roofline. We'd hate to see them fall by the wayside in contemporary design, so it's encouraging to see these wonderful examples of dormers in use today.

Have you spotted a contemporary dormer before? Did you like it as much as what you'd find on a traditional home?

Images: 1, 2: Julian King Architect, OBRA Architects, Martin Swatton, Andrew Mann Architecture

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.