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BloomFrame Balcony Turns a Window Into a Balcony

Cool Idea: BloomFrame Balcony

BloomFrame, designed by Amsterdam-based Hofman Dujardin Architects, is the coolest thing since slicest bread. Essentially it is a window frame that transforms into a balcony with a flip of a switch. In addition to at least five other awards, the design won the Wallpaper* Design Award 2009 in the most life-enhancing category, which is well deserved. If you live in a compact city apartment, it allows you to step outside and enjoy your own private outdoor space. It's available in a range of sizes, materials, and colors to be customized to your builiding. The only problem I see with it is that when the balcony opens, it lets outdoor air (and bugs) into your apartment. Watch the video! The music is pretty funny!

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Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
Where do the side walls come from? It looks as if the window sticks in a good 3 feet into the building.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 7 years
it's a brilliant concept, but i'm mildly afraid of heights and i could never, ever set foot on that balcony.
jaxsprat jaxsprat 7 years
I come from England, Europe is so tiny with very little space over ran with people and Amsterdam is no exception to the rule. This is very practical in the grand scheme of things.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I love the idea of it, but I have to agree with above posters in that I would be a bit freaked about walking on the glass and seeing the ground below my feet. I've gotten woozy at the Palms in Vegas at the nightclub that has the glass floor on the patio although that is 30 stories up. I would love it though for bringing the outside into my living or bedroom.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
That looks awesome. I would put that in my house. Even on the second floor of a two-storey place, it would be great, not just a condo building. As for letting the outdoors in, you can always get a Phantom screen or some other screen to pull across while you're outside.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I thought the same thing as Anon #5. I can't imagine you could put too much weight on that. It's only anchored at the window sill. I too freak out about walking on glass. It's a cool idea, but not for me!
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
this is really cool but I'm terrified of walking on glass. I don't mind standing on actual balconies but glass freaks me out.
JoneyStar JoneyStar 7 years
That is the coolest thing I've seen so far in life. LOL.
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