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100 Examples of Privacy in Architecture

From Garden Wrapping Houses to Shaded Private Enclaves

— March 12, 2015 — Art & Design
Privacy in architecture refers to design choices that give people a sense of security and privacy in a physical space. Particularly when designing residential dwellings, it's important to bear in mind that despite the importance of the materials used, level of eco-friendliness, availability of different amenities and luxuries and so on, a home at the end of the day is a place where one should feel safe in a private space.

In this regard, many urban homes are great examples of privacy in architecture in that they give their inhabitants refuge from the noise and bustle that surrounds them. In the urban context, a good home must feel like an oasis of calm in a stormy desert.

It's not just about being separated from the chaos around you though. Even within a home or other building, there is often a need for designated public and private areas. In a luxury home, you don't want spaces used for guest entertainment to infringe on more private areas of the home such as bedrooms.

What's interesting about the theme of privacy in architecture is the number of creative ways in which it can be explored, with everything from building materials and surrounding nature pliable to help create a sense of privacy and separation.
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Snakeskin-Patterned Buildings
Snakeskin-Patterned Buildings
This School Canteen's Bricks are Arranged in Snakeskin Patterns
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Sophisticated Event Venues
Sophisticated Event Venues
The Proud Galleries Event Space is Multi-Functional
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98
Curtain-Encircling Abodes
Curtain-Encircling Abodes
The Toledo House is Made to Withstand the Heat of Guatemala
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97
Transparent Diamond-Shaped Structures
Transparent Diamond-Shaped Structures
Villa Kavel 1 by 'Studioninedots' Exudes Luxury
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96
Timber-Wrapped Facades
Timber-Wrapped Facades
Y+M Design Office Creates a Private House in Japan
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95
Mesh Material-Lined Abodes
Mesh Material-Lined Abodes
This Fabric-Inpired Exteriors Design Concept is Stunning and Unique
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94
Secluded Boxed Abodes
Secluded Boxed Abodes
The Jun Ishikawa Box House Gives Privacy in an Urban Area
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93
Concrete Garden Sanctuaries
Concrete Garden Sanctuaries
The Marseille Townhouse Offers an Urban Oasis
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92
Transparent Australian Residences
Transparent Australian Residences
The Yallingyup Residence is Cleverly Arranged
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91
Limited Opening Architecture
Limited Opening Architecture
House in Mayu by Horibe Associates Architect Firm Prioritizes Privacy
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90
Greenery-Infused Urban Abodes
Greenery-Infused Urban Abodes
The House K in Tokyo Makes the Most of a Busy Area
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89
Garden Wrapping Houses
Garden Wrapping Houses
This Wooden Home in Helsinki is Bent to Wrap Around a 100-Year-Old Garden
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88
Modernist Grotto Abodes
Modernist Grotto Abodes
The Grass Cave House Embraces Clean Minimalism
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87
Ecologically Transparent Homes
Ecologically Transparent Homes
The Washington Park Residence Overlooks the Lake
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86
Stress-Free Urban Abodes
Stress-Free Urban Abodes
The Library House by Khosla Associates Reflects the Lives of Residences
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85
Minimalist Black Box Abodes
Minimalist Black Box Abodes
The Klm House by Project Dwg is a True Definition of Minimalism
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84
Revitalized Historical Homes
Revitalized Historical Homes
The House Chapple, Built in 1960, Still Retains its Romantic Elements
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83
Slender Window Abodes
Slender Window Abodes
Takahashi Maki and Associates Build a Thin Home in Japan
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82
Glazed Showroom Abodes
Glazed Showroom Abodes
Shintaro Fukuhara Designed a Home with an Audacious Display
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81
Arid Hilltop Resorts
Arid Hilltop Resorts
Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman Sits High Above Sea Level
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80
Modernized Victorian Residences
Modernized Victorian Residences
This Victorian House Incorporates Contemporary Elements
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79
Tilted Barnyard Abodes
Tilted Barnyard Abodes
The 34.25° House Features a Sloping Roof for Privacy
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Expansive Glass-Back Abodes
Expansive Glass-Back Abodes
The Green House by Maniera Architects and Associates is Stunning
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Hovering Glass-Roofed Terraces
Hovering Glass-Roofed Terraces
Mario Gasser Develops a Transparent Design for an Austrian Villa
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Secret Garden Enclaves
Secret Garden Enclaves
Eto Kenta's Hidden Garden Design Home is Stunning and Private
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75
Steel Column Abodes
Steel Column Abodes
The Corten House's Steel Material Informs Its Design
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74
Trapezoidal Family Mansions
Trapezoidal Family Mansions
This Family Estate Makes Privacy a Priority
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73
Secluded Courtyard Abodes
Secluded Courtyard Abodes
The House in Fukuchiyama Features an Enclosed Courtyard
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72
Triangulated Roof Designs
Triangulated Roof Designs
The Beret House is Completed by Y+M Design Office
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71
Cedar Plank-Surrounded Abodes
Cedar Plank-Surrounded Abodes
Arbol Design Provides Ample Privacy for a Residence in Japan
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Minimalist Sky-Reflecting Homes
Minimalist Sky-Reflecting Homes
Pitsou Kedem Designed This Impressive Dwelling
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Grand Theatrical Residences
Grand Theatrical Residences
The Backstage House is Modeled After a Theater
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Louvered Wood Screen Abodes
Louvered Wood Screen Abodes
The House in Dawanglu Features Sliding Wood Doors
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Privately Open Concept Estates
Privately Open Concept Estates
Inbo Designs a Villa with the Perfect Balance of Public and Private
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Courtyard-Focused Abodes
Courtyard-Focused Abodes
The 'Patio' House by Yaita Associates Has Plenty of Space for Fresh Air
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Divided Angular Architecture
Divided Angular Architecture
STOCK Architects Designs a Secluded House in Osaka, Japan
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Glazed Transparent Architecture
Glazed Transparent Architecture
Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Builds a Stunning Home in California
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Shaded Private Enclaves
Shaded Private Enclaves
This Modern Villa Design Protects from the Heat and Curious Passersby
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Split-Level Swiss Homes
Split-Level Swiss Homes
The House in the March District is Arranged Within Five Split-Levels
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Slatted Facade Abodes
Slatted Facade Abodes
Apollo Architects Builds the Foo House in Japan
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Slenderly Framed Abodes
Slenderly Framed Abodes
The Scape House Features Differently Sized Windows
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High-Tech Learning Spaces
High-Tech Learning Spaces
Woods Bagot Completes MUSE at Macquarie University
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Sumptuous Seaside Resorts
Sumptuous Seaside Resorts
Casa Mo Boasts Beautiful Views Without Compromising Privacy
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Timber Screened Residences
Timber Screened Residences
The Pedro House Features a Multi-Purpose Timber Exterior
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Protruding Undulating Homes
Protruding Undulating Homes
The Undulating North Star Apartments Combine Form and Function
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Privately Terraced Apartments
Privately Terraced Apartments
The Walsh Street Apartments Ensure Privacy
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Ascending Attic Staircases
Ascending Attic Staircases
This Renovated Attic is Accessed by a Steel Staircase
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Otherworldly Mountain Retreats
Otherworldly Mountain Retreats
This Cozy Wood House Boasts Stunning Views and a Rustic Design
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Inconspicuous Island Oases
Inconspicuous Island Oases
The Mirage House Features Spectacular Island Views
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Repurposed Norwegian Dormitories
Repurposed Norwegian Dormitories
Snohetta Revived a Wooden Boathouse for Summer Camp
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Modernist Box Abodes
Modernist Box Abodes
The MNGB House by Vaumm Architects Features Sleek Design Lines
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Secluded Luxury Homes
Secluded Luxury Homes
The Luxembourg House is Designed to Offer Privacy and Seclusion
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Intimate Timber Residences
Intimate Timber Residences
The XAN House by MAPA is a Timber and Concrete Paradise
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Tranquil Oceanic Retreats
Tranquil Oceanic Retreats
The Oceanique Villas Provide Privacy and Relaxation
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Windowless Wall Abodes
Windowless Wall Abodes
The Kusatsu Home by ALTS Design Office is Modern
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Luxe Master Suite Decor
Luxe Master Suite Decor
This Master Suite Blends Window Views with User Privacy
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Private Chameleon Abodes
Private Chameleon Abodes
This Novel House Design Balances Intimacy with Isolation
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Watery Courtyard Residences
Watery Courtyard Residences
This Contemporary Estate Features a Water Court
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Harmonious Southern Abodes
Harmonious Southern Abodes
This Southern-Style Home Features Traditional Elements
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Trippy Transparent Homes
Trippy Transparent Homes
The S-House in Tokyo Has Random Staircases and a Transparent Facade
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Transparent Floating Structures
Transparent Floating Structures
The Grand Pinklao Project by Office AT Sits High Above Ground
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Airy French Abodes
Airy French Abodes
This Open Space Home Offers Terrific Views
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Shape-Shifting Houses
Shape-Shifting Houses
The Sharifi-Ha House Has a Trio of Rotatable Cube-Shaped Rooms
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Geometric Manor Homes
Geometric Manor Homes
The Bourne Lane House was Inspired by English Barns
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Elevated Ski Chalets
Elevated Ski Chalets
This Ski Cabin Design is Hinged on Proving Social Space
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Rectilinear Minimalism Housing
Rectilinear Minimalism Housing
Montreal's Siamoises Mentana-Boyer Project Features Dual Residences
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Eco-Friendly 1930s Homes
Eco-Friendly 1930s Homes
The Renovated Casa 31_4 Room House is Now a Modern Green Marvel
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Geologically Sustained Abodes
Geologically Sustained Abodes
The Desert Courtyard House Preserves a Piece of Time
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Sliding Roof Houses
Sliding Roof Houses
The All-Glass Residence by dRMM Boasts a Retractable Exterior
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Industrial Urban Abodes
Industrial Urban Abodes
This Modern Loft Apartment Boast Brick, Glass and Metal Finishes
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Window-Centric Abodes
Window-Centric Abodes
The House in Gokurakuji Has Expansive Views
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Framed Courtyard Abodes
Framed Courtyard Abodes
The House of Nagahama Frames Several Gardens
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Abundant Foliage Abodes
Abundant Foliage Abodes
This Dunbar-Southlands Neighborhood Residence Uses the Landscape
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Weathered Beach Homes
Weathered Beach Homes
The Clovelly House Gains Character with Each Year
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Undulating Concrete Abodes
Undulating Concrete Abodes
This Concrete House Embraces the Surrounding Hilly Landscape
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Split Facade Abodes
Split Facade Abodes
The 'Transustainable House' Features Alternating Sides
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Sturdy See-Through Architecture
Sturdy See-Through Architecture
The Far Pond House by Bates Masi Architects is Ready for Storms
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Super Slim Condominiums
Super Slim Condominiums
The AIR-Madalena Building Celebrates Tall and Thin Construction
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Versatile Modern Homes
Versatile Modern Homes
This Mixed Material House is Novel and Stunningly Smart
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Shrouded Garden Ateliers
Shrouded Garden Ateliers
Atelier Pam & Jenny is a Charming Studio in Belguim
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Shape-Shifting Pavilions
Shape-Shifting Pavilions
This Pavilion Design is Made With a Series of Rearranging Panels
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Invigorating Outdoor Homes
Invigorating Outdoor Homes
The BK House Integrates Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
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Sustainable Luxury Villas
Sustainable Luxury Villas
Casa 7A is a Luxurious and Sustainable Country Villa
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Music-Themed Industrial Offices
Music-Themed Industrial Offices
Berlin's Soundcloud Office is Both Cozy and Collaborative
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Secluded Panoramic Abodes
Secluded Panoramic Abodes
House H by AOZ Creates Privacy without Compromising Stellar Views
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Lushly Tropical Havens
Lushly Tropical Havens
This Contemporary Holiday Home is the Perfect Place to Relax Amidst Nature
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Playfully Industrial Workspaces
Playfully Industrial Workspaces
The DSM Office by Studio Niels and Broekbakema Makes Research Fun
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Minimalist Beach Houses
Minimalist Beach Houses
Juan Carlos Doblado Designs a Striking White Home in Peru
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Minimalist Loft Abodes
Minimalist Loft Abodes
This Penthouse Renovation in Tribeca Embodies Modern Design Ideals
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Triangle-Shaped Beach Havens
Triangle-Shaped Beach Havens
This Beach Home Design is Retro and the Perfect Place to Entertain
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Steel Outdoor Learning Centers
Steel Outdoor Learning Centers
The Colorado Building Workshop Presents a Space for Education
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Refuge-Encouraging Abodes
Refuge-Encouraging Abodes
The Main Street House by SHED Architecture & Design Stimulates Solace
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Cubic Retro Retreats
Cubic Retro Retreats
This 1960s Renovated Bungalow Still Retains Some Vintage Charm
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Luxurious Eco Abodes
Luxurious Eco Abodes
Eentileen Arkitektur's Denmark Cabin Features a Sustainable and Chic Design
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Creative Contemporary Abodes
Creative Contemporary Abodes
This Home in Santa Monica Features Lots of Creative Space
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Vertically Stratified Homes
Vertically Stratified Homes
This Split-Level Home Features an Interesting Spatial Arrangement
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Compact Glass Cabins
Compact Glass Cabins
Modular Glass House Offers Broad Landscape Views from Every Transparent Face
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Tropical Modern Residences
Tropical Modern Residences
The Brillhart House is a Majestic Hand-Built Home is Downtown Miami
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Zero-Maintenance Abodes
Zero-Maintenance Abodes
BAK Arquitectos Builds the Casa Mar Azul in a Forested Setting
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Playfully Designed Office Spaces
Playfully Designed Office Spaces
Studio O+A is Behind This Vibrant Cisco-Meraki Office Design
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