These five open-plan homes prove it doesn't take interior walls to give space a purpose.
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.
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.
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.
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.