This view of the house with the arcade in the foreground accentuates the rhythm that the skylights create, as they stand out against the trees and sky.
But it’s inside where the benefits of the skylights really happen, as they bathe the bedrooms in plenty of soft overhead light.
What looks like two volumes projecting above the roof is actually four, helping to bring plenty of light into the workspaces. Most likely these clerestories face north, so the light coming in is indirect rather than direct light, which would have overheated the interior.
Note the upper glass portion of the partition wall below the clerestory “light scoop,” a feature that allows light to spread throughout the various spaces.
Here’s a house in Dallas where dormers pop up from the gable roof like open eyes.
They supplement the natural light in the open dining and living area.
Even though the overhead light may not be needed (the window wall overlooking the yard is quite large), there is something to be said for sitting under a soft glow and a slice of sky.
The rhythm of the windows poking above the standing-seam metal roof follows the structure evident in the walkway. Also note that the dormers align with the doors below, a nice touch.
This last example is a house in Phoenix where a series of dormers creates an almost musical rhythm across the wood-shingled roof.
Another view shows how the dormers aren’t merely repeated; they are spaced and grouped to correspond to the spaces within.