An atrium is an internal courtyard rising vertically through a construction using a glass or open roof. Atriums provide natural light and ventilation whilst producing the visual effects of indoor-outdoor living.

Hufft Projects

Atriums are an effective way to save energy by utilizing daylight.

John Maniscalco Architecture

Like a chimney, atriums take in little air but possess a top outlet, making healthy ventilation.

David Eichler Photography

Most Eichler homes include atriums. Indoor-outdoor living was crucial to Eichler’s goal of contemporary design for the masses. In ancient times the atrium was the most lavishly decorated room in the house.

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Atriums are usually rectangular and have four walls, but the illusion of this can be made with linear specifics along with a large skylight.

Studio Bergtraun AIA

An atrium can have a garden. With experimentation and research, the proprietor can come across the plant species that will flourish in it.

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