For people who live in condos and apartments, their balcony is an essential outdoor living space that has become more necessary than ever before. They can be an outdoor dining room, a reading nook, a fitness center or even a stage for performances; but most importantly they are safe spaces of retreat. Architecture often goes through trends of change, but one thing that has survived throughout history is the importance of having a balcony to expand your living space and to allow easy access to fresh air and views. Architects who realize this also know that balconies can add visual interest to help set their buildings apart from the rest.
Thinking about all this inspired me to put together a collection of beautiful balconies I’ve photographed in the past. Each of these designs is a unique solution to creating an outdoor space with varying degrees of privacy, shelter, and room to move around.