By: Eric Reinholdt
Spaces that are neither indoors nor completely outdoors are often among the most trafficked spaces in a home. And they make for good design: We use them to negotiate changes in elevation between inside and outside, for entertaining, to reduce the apparent scale of our structures, to temper weather extremes and for visual screening.
By using the most basic architectural devices — columns, rafters, walls and floor planes — these indoor-outdoor buffer zones can be designed to feel every bit a part of the architecture. The examples here range from the tightly enclosed and controlled to the minimal. Let’s take a look at a few approaches to designing transition spaces that successfully unite inside and out.
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