This is the Frank Lloyd Wright designed conversation area at Fallingwater. I think it's an appropriate precedent to the sunken conversation pit.
This is a fabulous retro space that is true to the sunken conversation pits of the sixties. Often times, circular pits like this one would surround a funky fireplace.
A sunken outdoor conversation pit, complete with fireplace and lovely tall horsetail reeds ( think that's what those plants are called, but I always struggled in plants class).
This image reminds me a lot of the Fallingwater image and a sunken conversation pit, especially because the furniture is low and the ceilings are so nice and high.
I suppose one could consider this sublime hot tub an underwater conversation pit. Am I stretching it way too far here? Probably.
The modern day kitchen nook, which also has its roots in the Arts and Crafts movement, is another form of the conversation pit, in that it gathers people together on soft cushions and forces them to look at one another until they interact!
The sectional sofa, soared to its peak of popularity during my childhood, followed the whole sunken conversation pit era. It simply took that area and put it above ground level
This particular shot makes me smile, especially when compared to the Fallingwater conversation area. The placement echoes that of FLW's, and they recall the rock outcropping that juts through the floor.
Thanks so much to Silver69 for pointing out this beautiful, open-air, tropical conversation pit!