Open Air Homes Around The Globe That Incorporate Indoor and Outdoor Living Seamlessly.
Open Air Homes That Will Inspire You To Live With Nature.
Bring down your walls and live amongst Nature. It opens your mind, gives more breathing room and helps create a feeling of continuity. The same applies for architecture. Homeowners opting for fewer walls, floor-to-ceiling glass surfaces and wide-open spaces can bring in more light, make small areas look expansive and meld the living room with the backyard.
More home buyers are striving to capture better views and “more of an indoor-outdoor relationship” with their homes and the environment, according to Utah-based architect Clive Bridgwater. Take, for example, the award-winning 9,000-square-foot abode Bridgwater designed with dramatic views of the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains.
Mountain View Home, Park City, Utah
Behold an award-winning 9,000-square-foot home with dramatic views of the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains. Instead of duplicating all the elements of a two-tier great room outside, a 30-foot stretch of wall folds like an accordion to one side, instantly creating an outdoor living room. Come summer, an equivalent room below opens onto the pool area and lawn. Mosquitoes and other bugs are not a worry, said architect Clive Bridgwater, but the chipmunks can’t readily distinguish between outdoors and in.
Bamboo House, Guanacoste, Costa Rica
It’s like living in a forest within a forest. The moon is visible through a cone-shaped dome under an umbrella roof on this jungle home made of bamboo. The ultra-open floor plan includes an internal garden that links the kitchen and living area with the bedroom space, yet feels secure for the architect’s mother, for whom the home was designed. And the open-air construction and overhanging tin roofs provide natural ventilation and protection from the sun.
House Na, Tokyo, Japan
The potential downside of living in a see-through house on a small lot on a narrow city street surrounded by more traditional buildings may be lack of privacy. The upside is loads of natural light. The architectural photographer Iwan Baan describes the architect Sui Fujimoto’s minimalist all-glass House NA, as “one continuous space of staircases, small platforms and glass.” The platforms become a place to set or can serve as a desk, a step up to the next platform or a place to roll out a bed.
Leaf House, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
In harmony with nature, the inside and outside of the flower-shaped tropical beach house designed by Brazilian architect Rafael Palatano, are almost fused. The eucalyptus wood roof functions as a giant leaf shielding the enclosed spaces from the hot sun. But it’s the open entertaining areas that wow. Sliding glass doors allow trade winds from the sea to pass through the residence, providing natural ventilation and passive cooling to both the enclosed and open spaces. The landscape is everywhere; the curvy swimming pool snakes into the house and, when it passes the formal dining room, turns into a pond with aquatic plants and fish bordering a “Brazilian lounge.”
Box House, Amagansett, New York
Perched one story off the ground to maximize views of the ocean and the bay, the natural light is plentiful at this Hamptons beach house. Sliding glass doors run from one end of the 90-foot long box to the other. The entire center section of the home opens up, overlooking an infinity edge pool. “The glass box is more focused on what is outside than in,” says Frederick Stelle, the architect.
Fish House, Singapore
Singapore’s tropical client lends itself to open, breezy spaces and natural ventilation. At this eco-friendly house with a living green roof, views from every room stretch to the ocean as well as the garden with its large swimming pool. The transition between inside and outside is practically seamless.
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