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.