5 Open-Plan Homes from Sweden to Canada

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August 8, 2013
These five open-plan homes prove it doesn't take interior walls to give space a purpose.
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  Murray Siple's Vancouver home allows him to be completely self-sufficient despite his wheelchair. Every cabinet, counter, and table is custom-built for easy access, and the open layout of his living and dining area lets him move around without stopping to open doors.    Photo by Misha Gravenor  Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    Murray Siple's Vancouver home allows him to be completely self-sufficient despite his wheelchair. Every cabinet, counter, and table is custom-built for easy access, and the open layout of his living and dining area lets him move around without stopping to open doors. 

     

    Photo by Misha Gravenor

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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    To maximize a Malibu home's stunning views, architect Bruce Bolander eschewed unnecessary walls and opted for one sprawling common area that showcases the surrounding landscape. Photo by J Bennett Fitts.  Photo by J Bennett Fitts.

     

    To maximize a Malibu home's stunning views, architect Bruce Bolander eschewed unnecessary walls and opted for one sprawling common area that showcases the surrounding landscape. Photo by J Bennett Fitts.

    Photo by J Bennett Fitts.
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  An Atlanta home combines bold modern design with warm Southern hospitality, thanks to a flowing layout that connects almost every room in the house.  Photo by Mark Steinmetz  Photo by Mark Steinmetz.

    An Atlanta home combines bold modern design with warm Southern hospitality, thanks to a flowing layout that connects almost every room in the house.

    Photo by Mark Steinmetz

    Photo by Mark Steinmetz.
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  The iconic Miller House opened to the public in 2011; it's a veritable museum of mid-century-modern design. The home's common area includes a sunken couch space that defines itself as a room regardless of its lack of walls.  Photo by Leslie Williamson  Photo by Leslie Williamson.

    The iconic Miller House opened to the public in 2011; it's a veritable museum of mid-century-modern design. The home's common area includes a sunken couch space that defines itself as a room regardless of its lack of walls.

    Photo by Leslie Williamson

    Photo by Leslie Williamson.
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  From the outside, a set of three 18th-century Swedish farm buildings appears traditional in the extreme. But inside, a simple modern aesthetic ties the organic aura of the countryside to the elegance of contemporary design; an open floor plan recalls the level fields of rural Sweden while abstract art and modern fixtures add visual complexity.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman  Photo by Åke E:son Lindman.

    From the outside, a set of three 18th-century Swedish farm buildings appears traditional in the extreme. But inside, a simple modern aesthetic ties the organic aura of the countryside to the elegance of contemporary design; an open floor plan recalls the level fields of rural Sweden while abstract art and modern fixtures add visual complexity. 

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

    Photo by Åke E:son Lindman.
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