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July 29, 2013
When you live in a climate that's right for it, there is nothing like having architectural elements that allow your indoor living to expand and blend with the outdoor space. Here, we feature six homes with huge sliding windows and doors that open the homes right up to the outdoors and let the breeze in.
By keeping the front and back gardens at the same elevation as the living area, Kogan created one giant living space. A large overhang means that even on a rainy day, the Cósers can live practically without walls. The dining area is defined by a classic O

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL

By keeping the front and back gardens at the same elevation as the living area, Kogan created one giant living space. A large overhang means that even on a rainy day, the Cósers can live practically without walls.

Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

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Originally appeared in São Paulo, Brazil
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In his writing geared toward builders, A. Quincy Jones encouraged using large panes of glass and sliding doors to bridge the exterior and interior. Here, Nick Roberts puts the philosophy to good use for a weekend barbecue.

MUTUAL FULFILMENT

In his writing geared toward builders, A. Quincy Jones encouraged using large panes of glass and sliding doors to bridge the exterior and interior. Here, Nick Roberts puts the philosophy to good use for a weekend barbecue.

Photo by: Darcy Hemley

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Originally appeared in Mutual Fulfilment
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Kim and Gabriella enjoy their kitchen, which spills out onto their backyard deck.

THE FAMILY TREE

This San Diego family enjoys their kitchen, which spills out onto their backyard deck.

Photo by: Noah Webb

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Modern house in Buenos Aires, Argentina

NET ASSETS

Dappled sunlight and reclaimed-wood floors and walls give the master bedroom a warm, peaceful feel. Giant sliding doors open onto a wraparound deck peppered with potted plants from the couple’s vacations in Brazil, Uruguay, the Netherlands, and Italy.

Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

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Live-Work Home, Syracuse, New York

PROJECT: LIVE WORK HOME

Richard Cook, a principal at Cook + Fox Architects, surveyed the Near Westside’s inventory of vacant structures and arrived at a conclusion that would guide the design of the Live Work Home. Cook’s team designed a single-story space with an open layout. Sliding doors and mobile partitions on wheels can be configured to create different layouts for living and working, eliminating the costs and landfill waste associated with residential remodeling.

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Originally appeared in Near Westside Story
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Modern see-through living room with sliding glass doors

THOSE IN GLASS HOUSES

“Creating efficient space is valuable, but for us, rooms that offer visual and spatial continuity with nature are also important,” architect Julie Dowling explains. “When the sliding doors are open, the living room and kitchen double in size.”

Photo by: Matthew Millman

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By keeping the front and back gardens at the same elevation as the living area, Kogan created one giant living space. A large overhang means that even on a rainy day, the Cósers can live practically without walls. The dining area is defined by a classic O

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL

By keeping the front and back gardens at the same elevation as the living area, Kogan created one giant living space. A large overhang means that even on a rainy day, the Cósers can live practically without walls.

Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

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