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January 20, 2014
Whether it's using space smartly for a small home or adding design elements that elevate a hallway to living-room level, here are eight ways to honor the arteries of the home.
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Rather than wasting space with one, long space, this compact modern home in Melbourne, Australia, was designed with a seating area, storage, and stairwell incorporated into the hall. Photo by Andrew Wuttke.

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The hallway inside this former rowhouse house in New York City features its crowning glory, the oculus, which allows light to spill onto each floor of the house. Photo by Adam Friedberg.

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Architect Justin Korhammer kept the hallway of this Manhattan bachelor pad free and clear with a kitchen that folds away with the precision of a Swiss Army Knife. To keep the kitchen shallow, the cooktop is limited to two burners and the shelves are a trim eight inches deep.

Originally appeared in Open Sesame
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Desert house exterior side

In temperate environments, don't discount open, covered hallways that connect to the outdoors. Architect Leo Marmol's home in Desert Hot Springs, California, one of his firm's steel prefab prototypes, includes myriad outdoor walking spaces. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.

Originally appeared in The Long Hall
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Modern painted red tunneled kitchen

Play up a hall instead of camouflauging it. LOT-EK remade what was formerly an unused, dark circulation space into a main focal point by inserting a tunnel made from 36 reclaimed commercial doors and painting the interior a glossy Safety Red paint by Benjamin Moore. Photo by Nicholas Calcott.

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Michele eats lunch in the kitchen; a view of the central hallway and master bedroom lays beyond. Three-year-old Maple slurps from a water bottle with Judith, five, at the dining table, also built by Jamie. The Arco armchairs are by Mario Bellino for Helle

Treat hallways as an extension of the interior living spaces. Architect Jamie Darnell incorporated clerestory windows into the passageway leading to his family home's bedroom wing. Photo by Chad Holder.

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Living room extending hallway

Use a hallway as a natural division between live/work spaces of the home. Jeff and Larissa Sand—whose industrial design studio, architecture office, and metalwork shop are folded into their San Francisco residence—lined one hallway with tons of storage behind sliding doors for extra utility. Photo by Justin Fantl.

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Modern home office with copper-covered walls

Treat hallways as functional rooms in a living space. A Brooklyn architect made over the interior of his Prospect Heights home by carving out unique interior spaces, clad in wood, copper, and pressed tin—here, sideboard storage and a built-in bookshelf extend the architect's home office. Photo by Dustin Aksland.

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Stonewood house by breathe architecture interior

Rather than wasting space with one, long space, this compact modern home in Melbourne, Australia, was designed with a seating area, storage, and stairwell incorporated into the hall. Photo by Andrew Wuttke.

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