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Balcony designs that soar above it all

For many apartment dwellers, a balcony is a daily escape valve to the outside world. Today, modern architects are embracing balcony designs that reinterpret the classic in new and exciting ways.

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Colorful balconies, like these ones in Malta, often give buildings their own unique visual identity. Enclosing a balcony extends the size of a room, but limits the chance to be outdoors. (Photo Credit: K.H. Reichert)

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Balconies can be works of art in themselves, like this wrought iron example on the Greek island of Crete. (Photo Credit: Theophilos Papadopoulos)

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In New Orleans, ironwork galleries and balconies are typical of the architecture in the city’s historic French Quarter. A gallery usually runs the building’s length and is supported by pillars that extend to the ground. (Photo Credit: David Ohmer)

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A balcony projects off the wall of a building, like these ones in Malmo, Sweden. (Photo Credit: Anders Lejczak)

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In older buildings in New York, like the Westbeth shown here, fire escapes are more common than purpose-built balconies, but they often serve a similar purpose. (Photo Credit: Jorge Quinteros)

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These balconies in Mexico City create a pleasing visual pattern. Even a tiny balcony can make a room feel larger and more open. (Photo Credit: Lars Plougmann)

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Modern architects are increasingly incorporating outdoor spaces into residential design. The triangular, cantilevered balconies on this apartment building in Orestad, Denmark, give each resident a different, south-facing view. (Photo Credit: Mariano Mantel)

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Balconies, like these in Amsterdam, can be transformed into small gardens with the addition of potted plants. (Photo Credit: Istvan)

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The zig-zag pattern of the balconies on this apartment block in Graz, Austria, turn a simple design into something more visually exciting. (Photo Credit: Jasmin Schuller)

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The soft and swerving lines of the balconies on the Marco Polo Tower in Hamburg, Germany give the building its distinctive look, offering residents sweeping views of the Elbe River. (Photo Credit: Rob Deutscher)

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