At a 1950s Joseph Esherick home in Berkeley, California, slatted breezeways provide transitions from the main house to the tearoom to the sleeping pavilion.
After unintentionally falling in love with a house 20 minutes south of their primary residence in Ithaca, New York, Maria Cook and Lance Compa decided to buy the home as a weekend retreat. Cook and Compa have since added a few tweaks to make the house their own. They converted a carport into a breezeway, complete with outdoor furniture.
Architect Preston Scott Cohen resurrected an early 1800s barn as a vacation home for a literary couple and their family, calling to mind both the agrarian spaciousness of the structure’s former life and its new function as a house. In a narrow area between the breezeway and the house's northern elevation, Cohen created a so-called "skinny space," with a changing area accessible to the outdoor shower.
Architect Cary Tamarkin designed his family's summer house for snoozing. “It lends itself to massive relaxing,” he says of the 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island. The design challenge, Tamarkin said, was to respond to the forces of the site, its sounds, breezes, views and lighting. “It's all about outdoor living,” he explained. Looking out to the water from the breezeway, the view peers back to Long Island.
Thanks to an earth-moving renovation, a hillside Virginia home located on a notch between two ridges became a place for play and repose. A glass breezeway was built to connect the wings of the house, which offers views of the everchanging foliage during fall.
Grunge band producer Adam Kasper enlisted the help of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for his family home on a small island northwest of Seattle. He calls it “the house that Nirvana built.” The 3,000-square-foot house includes a low-slung breezeway connecting the main living area and kitchen to the bedroom wing. “The idea was to experience the outdoors and island as you walk through the house,” says Kasper.
The specter of one's grown child moving back home doesn't excite all parents, but in Surakarta, in the Central Java Province of Indonesia, one couple took the homecoming as an opportunity to double their existing house. The original 1,100-square-foot Dutch colonial (now housing their son) has a slick new appendage: a 1,300-square-foot modern addition with a master bedroom and private living room for the parents. The two buildings are connected by a bridge and a breezeway that also acts as a carport.
Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture as a holiday retreat for a family of six in East Hampton, this slatted prefab is up to the task of sheltering its owners and all their guests. The first thing visitors see upon arrival is a breezeway that frames a view of a gently sloping hill leading to a swimming pool and a 200-square-foot pool house, which Res: 4 also designed. The effect is to pull visitors through the opening—past the house and its easy-to-miss front door—into the yard beyond it.