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In this house designed by Eggleston Farkas, the dining room is a cube that is inserted into the larger house. Covered in glass on the side facing the front of the house, the space takes on a prominence next door to the entry
From inside we see how one steps up into the dining room and how the view of the landscape is carefully controlled. This instance of nesting clearly makes the dining room a special place within the house
The Caristo House's living/dining space extends to an outdoor dining pavilion through an operable glass wall. The house's generous roof overhang, matched by the wall extensions, strengthens the space's extension into the yard.
Sliding glass wall on a smaller scale. With the slender canopy between the operable wall and clerestory, the dining space feels like outdoors.
The Sewell House shows Crawford's predilection for operable walls at the end of living spaces, as well as his use of sloped roofs. In this house the roof actually continues on one side to become wall, giving the house a unique profile that is expressed by the patio.
Another project by Crawford mixes things up a little bit. The opening happens in a bedroom and at the room's corner; but the roof still slopes to one side. Note the louvered band between the sliding glass doors and clerestory, a zone that allows for ventilation.
We still find a strong connection between inside and outside. The Cohen House is impressive for the unique natural circumstances: a large tree is almost dwarfed by a rock wall; the house occupies the zone in between
A closer look at the Cohen House shows substantial glass walls that swing open to connect inside and outside. Louvered jalousies above are used to ventilate the large interior space. When we step inside, next ...
... we see how the rock wall sits less than a few feet from more sliding glass walls running the length of the space. Considering the presence of this natural feature from outside, it makes sense that the architect made it the focus of the interior living area.
The Maroubra House by Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects blurs distinctions between inside and outside through the use of a steel frame on two sides of the pool.
Looking back towards the previous view, we can see how the living space opens to the patio and pool via a sliding glass wall. The overall effect is one where the outdoor space is defined by the steel frame, even as sun and the elements enter through it.
This house in Sydney situates a lap pool next to the house. Overlooking the water are an outdoor patio and second-floor balcony, each linked to the interior through sliding glass doors. The view to the living space from the pool, and vice versa, is especially nice.
The roof slopes to one side, expansive glass walls open to the patio, and a flat roof caps the living space on the ground floor.
A closer look reveals the large operable opening that links inside and outside. Note the ever-present jalousies to the side that naturally ventilate the interior.
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This house of white cubic volumes includes a living space with a large glass wall that slides open to a grassy area beyond. As well a terrace and seating area is visible at right. It's also apparent that the opening turns the corner ...
... And the reason for the glass wrapping the corner is abundantly clear: what a gorgeous view! The sliding wall opens to the room to the grassy plane, but it also brings in the clean ocean air.
Half of this large glass wall slides open to connect the large living-dining area to the patio outside. The glass wall is articulated with a horizontal mullion and two smaller lights at the base, making the assembly appear fixed.
Looking from the inside, we find another stunning view, this one closer than the previous example but no less dramatic. This lush landscape is carefully framed by the large opening, and its smells and sounds can be brought inside, making dinner special.
Here the sliding wall between inside and outside sits adjacent to a lap pool inserted into a yard between the house and the fence. The steel armature supports retractable shades that soften the light hitting the pool and the interior
From inside these orange shades also help frame the landscaping just beyond the pool. The ability to take two steps beyond the opening in the wall into the pool is quite appealing.
Here is another sliding wall adjacent to a pool, also separated by the slimmest of a walkway. As shown here the opening is large, since two panels are slid open.
From inside it's apparent that the other side of the living-dining area also features sliding glass walls. Such large openings mean cross ventilation is easily accomplished.
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