Much like style, sometimes you will find trends in architecture that, for greater or worse, resurface. Currently, we’ve been seeing increasingly more discussions of sunken living rooms. They are arriving everywhere from time correct tvshows, such as the extremely popular Mad Men, to more surprising places, including contemporary design publications like Dwell. It is now apparent that this idea is no longer trapped within the past. there are lots of good, modern areas that implement this 1960’s thought, like this home in Los Angeles.
The place of the family room, while on a lower-level compared to the home and dining area, feels open and appealing, despite having the hardness of exposed structure and tangible flooring. The available, sunken living area amounts the comfort of your kitchen and dining rooms beautifully. Perhaps that’s one of the best benefits of this design idea – the impression of openness.
This experience of openness can be achieved without raising the threshold plane. Take, for instance, Eero Sarrinen’s Miller House, builtin 1957. The living area is actually sunken, surrounded by the larger flooring of the main living stage on all sides. The flat plane of the ceiling seems in a small level, yet the overall areas seems more open than when the living area were not lowered. While there are several walls, which also enhance the large feel, this visibility is in large part as a result of fact that the furniture doesn’t chop-up the space.
Another advantage of the “conversation pit” is the fact that it is a way to define another place without needing walls. Consider another open house using an inviting recessed circular seating area. The sunken spots looks quite personal, though it is part of a very large house overall.
The space is described not merely from the recessed floor, but additionally by the curved seating as well as the repetition of the circular forms around the roof with the vault and light fixture. A round space is formed inside the larger rectangular space, giving an intimate place of repose.
With all the many advantages to sunken living spaces, you have to wonder why they went out of fashion at all. in reality, there are several disadvantages. as an example, degree has to be noted. If only a little space is recessed, it would have a claustrophobic impact, much like sitting in a bathtub.
Another disadvantage will be the lack of mobility of the area; furniture CAn’t be rearranged and the floor will will have a “hole” in-it, making it useless for almost any other function. And one final, however important, disadvantage: it’s more costly to build.