Sep 30, 2014

18 Conversation Pits Worth Talking About

 

A conversation pit is an architectural features that incorporates built-in seating into a depressed section of flooring within a larger room. It is sometimes referred to as a ‘sunken living room’ and was a popular design style from the 1950s to 1970s across Europe and North America. [source]

Modernist architects Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard used a conversation pit as the centerpiece of the influential Miller House (1958) in Columbus, Indiana, one of the earliest widely publicized applications of the concept. A brilliant red conversation pit (since covered, but recently restored) was later incorporated by Saarinen into the 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport in New York. [source]

The architectural feature seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance, most notably in luxury homes and villas around the world. I spent last night sifting through Pinterest, Tumblr and numerous interior design and architecture blogs to put together the compilation below. Enjoy!

 

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Photograph by Novoceram

 

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Photograph by W Retreat Koh Samui

 

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Photographer Unknown via Home Designing

 

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Photograph by GFAB Architects

 

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Photograph by Shannon McGrath via IDEA Awards

 

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Photograph by Jewel of Maui Residence, Hawaii via Home Dsgn

 

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Photographer Unknown via Home-Designing

 

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Photograph by Chris Barrett Design

 

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Photograph by Amber Flooring

 

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Photograph by GFAB Architects

 

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Photograph by YO! Home

 

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Photograph by Villa Nilpi

 

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Photograph by Mushroom House

 

*Bonus*
because it’s awesome

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Photograph via Tiny House Blog

 

 

 

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