Juliet Balcony. Modern Look at the Ancient Romanticism


The times of Romeo and Juliet when noble cavalier could come to the window of his beloved and to sing a song waiting for her sympathy are long gone. But some elements of that architecture are still used in modern houses and buildings. It turned out that such architecture solutions are very practical. And one of that parts of the house that we can see on today`s buildings is balconet or Juliet balcony. Modern look at the ancient Romanticism is relevant even for hi-tech styles of the house’s. So, now we will try to explore the popularity of Juliet balcony in modern world.

Hi-tech styled house with improvised balconet in the form of steel lattice at the window

The construction and applicability of Juliet balcony

Of course, no professional designer or architector will argue the fact that Juliet balconies are predominantly decorative elements of the house’s facade. In fact, this is not the balcony, but the fance in front of the floor-to-ceiling high window. Here you can comparatively safely open the window and breathe with fresh air. That is the main distinction of this constructive form from the French balcony (more you can learn from loggias, balconies, terraces interior design).

Thus, such type of balcony is safe to use at comparatively low heights. It can be the second floor of the private house or 2-3 floor of the apartment building. You can see the very aesthetical use of Juliet balcony among the city jungles at the photo below.

Romanticism among brick jungle of metropolis. American downtown architecture

Outside view of the Juliet balcony

Let’s review some more examples of such balconies in real-life projects. As we mentioned before, this construction is fitting both to modern and classic houses’ facades and concepts. That makes Juliet balcony almost universal feature of the modern buildings. In this way, it comprises many design styles. There are many interpretations, forms and kinds of this type of balcony out there. So, don’t be afraid to experiment in your own house.

Red brick German style of house facade with exquisite glass fenced balcony Gray facade of the house with glass fencing of the balconet Hi-tech designed house with glass first level and juliet balconies at the second

Juliet balcony is also an option when it is forbidden to build full-fledged balcony at the street, but you still want to have the possibility to open the window wide and step up to the edge at the evening, contemplating the nature and quite life of night town.

Suburb house with elegant juliet balcony

Juliet balcony. Glance from the inside

No less interesting is the look at the Juliet balcony form the inside of the room. But before we come to the overviewing the balconet in the interior of different styles,  it is interesting to see the inner Juliet balcony. It is the construction similar to mezzanine but the opening is fenced only by some delimiter, without any standing area.

Inner balcony of the second floor in modern house interior

As you can see below, Juliet balcony is the great complementary to the panoramic windows at the comparatively low level of height. The most relevant rooms for such balconies can appear closed terraces, dining and living rooms with large windows and sunrooms.

Bay window which is ready to transform into balconetClassic interior with vaulted balcony openingInside look to the hi-tech styled balcony and panoramic window

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