Historically, indoor and outdoor living spaces were clearly delineated. Architects focused mostly on the livability of heated spaces–the indoors. They might include a well defined door leading to a patio, but it was not considered truly part of the living space–it was optional. The design of most outdoor elements like decks, pools and planting areas were left up to the homeowner. That has changed.
Beginning in Southern California with mid century modern design the outdoor space became part of the living area. The generous use of sliding glass doors and floor to ceiling windows made the outside world a more important component of a home’s design.
Stillwater Dwellings architects work closely with clients to customize floor plans to complement the sight lines and character of each building site. The Stillwater home in the photo above sits on a beautiful site among vineyards in Northern California and takes advantage of both its setting and the lifestyle of its owner. Visit the Stillwater gallery for more photos.
Stillwater has more than 20 home designs ranging from less than 1000 sq. ft. to nearly 5000 sq. ft. Each house is tailored to fit the sensibilities of its owner.
The house to the right was designed by architectural visionary Mies van der Rohe in 1945–seventy years ago! The influence he and his contemporaries had on modern architecture was profound. van der Rohe was born in Germany in 1885 and became part of the influential Berlin BauHaus school, eventually becoming its director. He immigrated to the U.S. in the mid 1930’s and settled in Chicago. Over the next 30 years he designed some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th Century, including the Seagram Building in New York, 860-800 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, and the National Gallery in Berlin. He also designed personal dwellings like the Farnsworth house pictured above. Learn more about the roots of modern architecture: