All too often exterior patios, porches and other spaces are relegated to secondary status when it comes to architectural design. They can be, however, as much a part of an integrated design as any room inside of a house. These exteriors by Eldridge Smerin Architects illustrate the potential of exterior spaces to be extensions of interior ones, connecting the outside world to the inside of a home.
Lofting an exterior from the surrounding garden space and putting it on the same plane as the interior adjacencies goes a long way to connecting inside and out in these designs. Extensive clear and unobstructed windows further create a sense of a single space as one looks in or out. Material consistency from inside to outside can also help provide connections, as well as partially enclosing exterior spaces.
“The careful remodelling of an Arts and Crafts style folly in London’s Belsize Park by Eldridge Smerin was coupled with an expansive glazed extension to create a unique and award winning family house,” write the architects.