The Atrium model in La Crescenta’s Pinecrest development is super cool- and tragically misunderstood. I’ve seen them used as oversized shoe rooms, kid toy storage rooms and dead plant graveyards.
I thought I would kick off Mid Century DIGGS with some inspiration and explanation for this underutilized feature of the popular Webb Wiley design.
Joseph Eichler was the first Mid Century builder to include an atrium in his home’s design. The goal was to provide light without adding windows or reducing privacy. All living was focused on the back, with the front reserved for bedrooms and parking. The atrium helped solve the problem of getting from the front to the back in an attractive and dramatic way.
With that idea in mind, let’s take a look at atriums in homes that have sold in the Pinecrest development in recent years.
The atrium opens to the living room (straight ahead) and the family room. Some styles are covered with a lattice “roof” and others are completely open.
I’ve started a Pinterest Board of beautiful courtyard and atriums in Mid Century homes. I add photos from mid-century homes with courtyards and atriums from all over the world. My favorites use the space as a relaxing lounge area or as a tranquil meditative space with fountains or lush greenery. Click the link and follow to see the most inspired designs for your Webb Wiley Atrium model home.