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The more time we spend at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the more likely we are to reflect on how residential architecture will evolve in the future. As part of the San Francisco Design Week held last June, architect Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner explained how indoor-outdoor lifestyles inspired by early modernist architects are particularly relevant today to promote health and well-being in the home.
«Modernism takes into accountthis notion of connection. I think it’s too easy to think of modernism as a style and reduce it to flat roofs and sterility. It’s not about that, it’s about connections. Connections with ourselves and with our families, influenced by how the interiors communicate with each other, and connections with the rhythms of the landscape outside our buildings, ”says Marmol.
Elements such as sliding patio doors, revolving doors and large windows open up the house and connect it with the surrounding nature. “The simple presence of doors and windows helps, in many ways, to create a healthier indoor environment,” says Leo Marmol. “I think that anything that allows us to see nature is beneficial.”
The Los Angeles home pictured above, designed and built by Marmol Radziner, takes full advantage of its tree-lined location nestled between a hill and canyon road in the Santa Monica Mountains. The house was designed to celebrate its natural environment and foster a strong bond between inside and outside. Most of the walls open to the landscape with glazed windows and sliding glass doors.
In this photo we can see how the house also connects to the landscape through the interior design. The dark setting gives the impression that grass and sycamore trees enter the interior living spaces, creating an almost painting-like effect. The ceiling profiles frame the landscape even more and, thanks to the orientation of the building, protect the house from the sun.
Having a garden in which to grow is already a great luck, but setting up a play area similar to that of the park can be a strategy to define spaces for children and stimulate them to free movement and shared play. The good news is that no large extensions are needed and even a balcony can be better organized to host moments of leisure. There are some easy things you can take care of and others that require an exterior professional.
Let’s see which games are best suited to spaces of various sizes.
Up to 15 m². From the balcony to the small garden, to be equipped with small and removable toys Children love to be outdoors, mess with the earth and water, look at the sky in search of planes and birds to say hello. That’s why, even if you just have a balcony, it’s worth equipping it to host small outdoor play sessions.
The first requirement is safety, with suitable railings and parapets, then you can indulge yourself, even with a fake lawn carpet, some pillows and simple games. It will be an alternative to the bedroom to spend the afternoons at home.
If the sea is far away but the desire to play with buckets and molds is strong, you can set up a small sandbox. There are fixed ones, like the one in the image, made like flower beds but filled with sand instead of earth. But there are also mobile sandboxes with lids, to protect the contents from wind and rain.
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