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Walls with cutouts; they define space but also provide light, views, pass-throughs.

Walls with cutouts Perforated walls can define rooms without closing them in. Here are three examples. In a house (large photograph) designed by San Francisco architect Tom Caulfield, a central structural wall links, rather than blocks off, several spaces. Cutouts on two levels open views from the living room into the dining room and kitchen. At the top are clerestory windows.

In Englewood, Colorado, architect Michael Brendle used a gable-shaped wall with eight square cutouts to screen a balcony-hallway without blocking views across a dramatic, two-story living room. In Santa Monica, a printer's 800-square-foot studio was given an illusion of spaciousness by architects John Ruble and Buzz Yudell. They designed a loft stairway overlooking the main workspace; cutouts in the stair's interior wall blur boundaries and bring in light from the loft.
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