Contemporary residential architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors. Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic, especially when window and door products manufactured specifically for the contemporary design market are specified. This course will discuss the importance of fenestration in contemporary residential architecture both historically and today, and will identify window styles, window options, and performance measures that you will want to consider when specifying windows and doors for contemporary residences.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of fenestration in contemporary residential architecture, including how windows and doors were used historically in modern architecture to create a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors, and how this design feature is increasingly being used today.
  • Identify fenestration products that are well-suited for integration into contemporary residential design.
  • Explore fenestration options for contemporary windows and doors, including frames and finishes.
  • Describe performance issues that must be considered when designing with large expanses of glass common in contemporary design.