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June 1, 2015
Take a look at how these eight houses connect their freestanding interior spaces with outdoor corridors.
Outdoor slatted walkway with 3form sliding wall panel

At a 1950s Joseph Esherick home in Berkeley, California, slatted breezeways provide transitions from the main house to the tearoom to the sleeping pavilion. 

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Originally appeared in A Modern Prefab Addition to a Mid-Century California Classic
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Steel house near Ithaca, New York

After unintentionally falling in love with a house 20 minutes south of their primary residence in Ithaca, New York, Maria Cook and Lance Compa decided to buy the home as a weekend retreat. Cook and Compa have since added a few tweaks to make the house their own. They converted a carport into a breezeway, complete with outdoor furniture. 

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In a narrow residual area between the breezeway and the house's northern elevation, Cohen created a so-called "skinny space," with a changing area accessible to the outdoor shower.

Architect Preston Scott Cohen resurrected an early 1800s barn as a vacation home for a literary couple and their family, calling to mind both the agrarian spaciousness of the structure’s former life and its new function as a house. In a narrow area between the breezeway and the house's northern elevation, Cohen created a so-called "skinny space," with a changing area accessible to the outdoor shower.

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Originally appeared in Raising the Barn
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Looking out to the water, the view peers back to Long Island with the Left Fork on its right, and the Right Fork just opposite. “It’s like a huge harbor with its outstretched arms around you,” Tamarkin says. Courtesy <a href="http://architectsandartisans.

Architect Cary Tamarkin designed his family's summer house for snoozing. “It lends itself to massive relaxing,” he says of the 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island. The design challenge, Tamarkin said, was to respond to the forces of the site, its sounds, breezes, views and lighting. “It's all about outdoor living,” he explained. Looking out to the water from the breezeway, the view peers back to Long Island. 

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Originally appeared in Shelter Island Retreat
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modern backyard concrete patio sofa terrace

Thanks to an earth-moving renovation, a hillside Virginia home located on a notch between two ridges became a place for play and repose. A glass breezeway was built to connect the wings of the house, which offers views of the everchanging foliage during fall. 

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Originally appeared in How This Landscape Design Made a Home as Fun as a Playground
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Off the grid Seattle Washington Henry Island Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Grunge band producer Adam Kasper enlisted the help of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for his family home on a small island northwest of Seattle. He calls it “the house that Nirvana built.” The 3,000-square-foot house includes a low-slung breezeway connecting the main living area and kitchen to the bedroom wing. “The idea was to experience the outdoors and island as you walk through the house,” says Kasper.

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Originally appeared in An Off-the-Grid Island Home for a Seattle Music Producer
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A view from the new breezeway, revealing part of the living room and the unfinished wood on the floating stair.

The specter of one's grown child moving back home doesn't excite all parents, but in Surakarta, in the Central Java Province of Indonesia, one couple took the homecoming as an opportunity to double their existing house. The original 1,100-square-foot Dutch colonial (now housing their son) has a slick new appendage: a 1,300-square-foot modern addition with a master bedroom and private living room for the parents. The two buildings are connected by a bridge and a breezeway that also acts as a carport.

Originally appeared in Bridging Old & New in Indonesia
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Modern breezeway in East Hampton, New York

Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture as a holiday retreat for a family of six in East Hampton, this slatted prefab is up to the task of sheltering its owners and all their guests. The first thing visitors see upon arrival is a breezeway that frames a view of a gently sloping hill leading to a swimming pool and a 200-square-foot pool house, which Res: 4 also designed. The effect is to pull visitors through the opening—past the house and its easy-to-miss front door—into the yard beyond it.

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Originally appeared in Kid Tested, Mothers Approved
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Outdoor slatted walkway with 3form sliding wall panel

At a 1950s Joseph Esherick home in Berkeley, California, slatted breezeways provide transitions from the main house to the tearoom to the sleeping pavilion. 

Photo by Caren Alpert.

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