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Soak up the Sun: 4 Amazing Atriums

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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.
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  JUST DO ITThe literal and figurative centerpiece of the Portland, Oregon house is the atrium, through which light filters into the rest of the house year-round.Photo by: John Clark

    JUST DO IT

    The literal and figurative centerpiece of the Portland, Oregon house is the atrium, through which light filters into the rest of the house year-round.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  POLE STARThe sun shines over the meadow on the backside of architect Peter Kuczia’s carbon-saving creation, whose central atrium contains the living room. In summer, the glass doors open.

    POLE STAR

    The sun shines over the meadow on the backside of architect Peter Kuczia’s carbon-saving creation, whose central atrium contains the living room. In summer, the glass doors open.

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  ESCAPE TO THE ROCKThe 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.Photo by: Misha Gravenor  Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    ESCAPE TO THE ROCK

    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.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  MID-CENTURY MASH-UPHomeowner 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.Photo by: Misha Gravenor  Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    MID-CENTURY MASH-UP

    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.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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