Here we take a look at four homes in which the true star is the atrium. A perfect architectural detail for letting the outside in, an atrium can be great way to open up a home and soak up a little sun.
The plan of this Gulf Island house revolves around a rocky outcropping, lush with life, that acts as the home’s central atrium. The granite was left intact in order to serve as the nucleus of the courtyard, and the walls of windows draw a wealth of natural daylight into the back of the building.
Homeowner Kevin Farnham and his dog Kasia sit in front of the home’s most impressive feature: an enclosed atrium overlooking the living area. In 2007, Dale Loughins outfitted the atrium with all manner of exotic epiphytes and an automated misting system.