Great verandas from all over the world
Who has no transition between indoor and outdoor? It is quite natural to have a staircase, a canopy, a terrace, a veranda, a courtyard or a canopy.
This is the place where sometimes you first greet guests, sit and read a book, or just look at the world.
You can be outside at these places at the same time and still outdoors. For the owner of a flat, the terrace is the connection to the outside world used in this way. There you can also stow the clothes and turn off the bike.
For retirees in houses, the terrace or veranda is a place to relax and enjoy the fresh air.
The place of residence also determines the type of use of these intermediate areas. In most cases, they have the role of a protection area against unfavorable weather conditions in addition to the other functions. They can also be equipped for “catching” the solar energy. Intermediate areas can also contribute to creating chilled air for cooling the home.
The latest design solutions have both high aesthetic and wonderful practical properties. In some cases, they contribute to protection from the adverse weather conditions by installing a terrace. In other cases, you can cause a cold breeze and thus contribute to the cooling. Provided with the suitable surfaces, the outdoor areas can contribute to the improvement of the energy efficiency and the exposure.
A simple pergola gives you protection from the sun and creates a wonderful private space.
Nettly Wood, San Juan Island
This open veranda gives the house an inviting shade. Unfortunately, this effect is not so desirable in winter. Therefore, this use is more appropriate in sunny and warm regions or summer cottages.
The latest design solutions have both high aesthetic and wonderful practical properties
Gillsville House, Georgia, Robert M. Cain
In this case, the trees serve as a natural background, but also as a protection from the sun.
The branches are wonderfully reflected in the areas of the house and this creates a magical, natural decoration.
You can see the sky from above, while the open walls allow the ingress of a light breeze
Carmel Residence, California, Dirk Denison Architects
A glass ceiling closes the outer area. You can see the sky from above, while the open walls allow the ingress of a light breeze.
Here you have to do with a captivating combination of glass, wood, stainless steel and cavity. These enrich the experience of sitting in this area.
Wooden slats create a wonderful shade
Blair Barn, Wisconsin, Empire Development
Wooden slats create a wonderful shade and protect against the unwanted wind. By a swinging section you can look at wonderful views in the area.
The mixture of vertical and horizontal bars provides a nice shadow play.
Through the sun terrace, the family’s main room opens to the south
Passive house, Austria, Cukrowicz Nachbaur architects
Through the sun terrace, the family’s main room opens to the south. The construction has the function of collecting solar energy and using it in the living space throughout the year.
Two outer layers help to modulate the climatic conditions.
Movable glass surfaces are used in winter to store the heat and the falling folding screens protect against too high a temperature.
Here you can see the entrance as a secondary living space
Hamilton Residence, Montana, Eggleston Farkas Architects
In contrast to the previous examples, the veranda has a latticework here. It determines the entrance in front of the door and separates it from the environment. Here you can see the entrance as a secondary living space. This is located south of the house.
A wonderful shadow play
Calistoga Home, California, Earthtone Construction
The light fall on this area contributes to a wonderful shadow play on the side walls and the ceiling.
An interesting terrace
Gropius House, Massachusetts, Walter Gropius
In this case, the ceiling above the house has been extended around the terrace in the form of a series of wooden slats. Together with the walls on the side, this adds dynamics into the otherwise very static space. The one open side serves as an artistic framework for the view, which opens there.
One can enjoy the enchanting panoramic view of the city from the floating ceiling through the glass walls all the time and from all sides
Hojo, Toyko, Yoneda
I would like to use the description of the architect here. In his opinion, it is a hat with a small garden in an urban context.
One can enjoy the enchanting panoramic view of the city from the floating ceiling through the glass walls all the time and from all sides.
The vertical area of slats and the open roof create an interesting visual effect
Stinson Beach House, California, Studio Peek Ancona
The vertical area of slats and the open roof create an interesting visual effect in the deck area of the house.
A great environment
Three Oaks Refuge, Michigan, Wheeler Kearns Architects
The horizontal surface with fins reduce the heat of the sun in the warmest periods. They leave the lower area free for many beautiful views.
Wood is often used
Porch House at Miller Ranch, Texas, Lake Flato Architects
In this contemporary house you can move and redraw all the walls. You can then choose between the closed privacy and the distance between the interior and exterior.
A beautiful shade
Westport Meadow House, Massachusetts, Maryann Thompson Architects
Look at this wonderful roof overhang! It is beautiful and gives the terrace a beautiful shade. The cooling Brizen can get through in exactly the right amount through the opening in the walls.
A roof overhang
Logan Residence, Colorado, Jones Studio
At the center of this design is the Asia foliage form. These are seeming, floating metal pieces. They hang in a row and create shadows over the passage.
Do you also have a transition area, a terrace or a veranda? What function does she have? Perhaps you now have some ideas for improving their aesthetics or extending their practical benefits?
Bosworth Hoedemaker, Robert M. Cain, Architect, Dirk Denison Architects, Empire Development & Construction, Eggleston Farkas Architects, EARTHTONE CONSTRUCTION, Irwin Fisher, Inc., Wheeler Kearns Architects, Lake Flato Architects, Maryann Thompson Architects, the construction zone, ltd.