If you live in a small apartment, you know what it's like to feel isolated from Mother Nature. You probably don't have a patio or a driveway, and you definitely don't have a backyard. Heck, your only decent view might be into your neighbor's living room — bonus points if he just got a brand new flatscreen.
Argentinian architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia felt the pain of those stir-crazy feelings that start to creep up after spending to much time inside. So for her thesis project at the Pratt Institute, she was inspired to dream up what she calls .
They're and offer apartment dwellers their own private sliver of the outdoors. Garcia said on her that the project "provides visual relief access to sunlight and fresh air for small apartments." And since the designs are based on industry standards, these models are meant to fit into existing window types.
But you're not limited to just one style — Garcia designed three different windows, all of which are super clever. For starters, the Hopper Niche design unfolds like an accordion to let people take in the best star-gazing views available:
The Casement Niche is an alcove that fits one and has a seat that's fully submerged in the outdoors — meaning you can watch the snow fall all the way around you without having to spend 20 minutes bundling up beforehand:
And the Awning Niche pushes out to reveal a glass bottom that allows you to take in the busy bustling life below (perfect for people who want to people-watch from home):
Take a peek at this video to see the models come to life: