The centerpiece of Eero Saarinen's legendary Miller House in Indiana is a classic midcentury conversation pit. The sunken space is outfitted with a plush sofa that was customized by Alexander Girard.
A series of levels gives this century-old Montreal house a sense of separation between the main rooms. Here, the kitchen overlooks a sunken living room, which sits beneath the master bedroom.
Living spaces are separated by half levels at architect Ray Kappe's 1967 Los Angeles home, creating marvelous household vignettes.
A sunken outdoor fire pit hosts many a late night shindig at this Midwestern home. “Climbing down into the pit feels very intimate,” says architect Matthew Hufft, who modeled his design after the recessed conversation areas popular in 1960s and 1970s interiors.
A custom sunken seating area nestles into the heart of the polished concrete floor at this converted industrial compound in London.