Modern Atrium Designs: Opening Your Home to Mother Nature

The ancient Roman atrium, or cavaedium, was designed to take advantage of natural light and assist in ventilation of the home’s interior. Roman authors referred to them as cavum aedium, or “hollow of the house,” and they primarily served as waiting rooms for clients and visitors. Modern atria are also intended to connect structures with nature. However, enclosed atria are as popular today as the open-air variety, especially in commercial buildings such as gallerias.

snake river residence jonathan l footeAtrium by Jonathan L. Foote & Associates, Snake River Residence

tehama atriumAtrium by Fougeron Architecture, Tehama Brasshopper

lagoon house atriumAtrium by Gary Hutton Design, Lagoon House

Tim Barber Architecture Laurel Canyon Transformation and AdditionAtrium by Tim Barber Ltd., Laurel Canyon

Cube House by John Maniscalco ArchitectureAtrium by John Maniscalco Architecture, Cube House

KKC Fine Homes Atrium Oliveras HomeAtrium by KKC Fine Homes, Oliveras

zen gardenAtrium by Rockefeller Partners Architects, Manhattan Beach, California

eichler inner courtyard atriumAtrium by Studio Bergtraun, Eichler Remodel

orange county atriumAtrium by Lee Ann Marienthal Gardens, Costa Mesa, California

Kook-Osteria-Pizzeria-AtriumAtrium by Noses Architects, KOOK Osteria & Pizzeria

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