Ten residential interiors with cosy conversation pits

Our latest lookbook features ten dwelling interiors with cosy sunken lounges and conversation pits, proving that the retro architectural function is producing its comeback.

Peaking in level of popularity in the mid-twentieth century, discussion pits are lounge regions embedded within the floor of a greater space to create personal areas for men and women to get.

Accessed by a tiny set of methods, they are usually lined with customized designed-in sofas. Having said that, numerous architects savoring their revival are opting to fill them with no cost-standing home furnishings and statement fireplaces as a substitute.

Though building more personal areas for their occupants, sunken lounges are practical equipment for developing broken-plan interiors and the illusion of taller ceilings. They can also reduce household furniture from obstructing outward views, forging much better connections involving residences and their surroundings.

This is the most up-to-date in our collection of lookbooks delivering curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s impression archive. For a lot more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing glass-block partitions, modernist open-system living rooms and properties with inside courtyards.

Purple conversation pit by Craig Steely Architecture
Photo is by Darren Bradley

Pam and Paul’s Residence, Usa, by Craig Steely Architecture

Plump purple cushions fill this 13-sq.-metre sunken pit, which is the focal place of the dwelling place in Pam and Paul’s Home in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California.

Craig Steely Architecture surrounded the seating with ground-to-ceiling glass doorways, furnishing occupants with a cosy house from which to appreciate uninterrupted sights of the steep wooded web-site.

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Sunken lounge by KRADS
Image is by Marino Thorlacius

Holiday getaway Dwelling by Thingvallavat, Iceland, by KRADS

This wood-lined dialogue pit at Holiday getaway Property by Thingvallavat was designed by KRADS to separate the lounge area from the adjacent eating spot.

Equipped out with pared-again leather home furnishings and a minimalist espresso desk, it allows to keep target on the views out across Iceland’s Lake Thingvallavatn, which is framed through massive panels of glazing.

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Curved conversation pit by Wood Marsh
Image is by Peter Bennetts

Towers Road Dwelling, Australia, by Wooden Marsh

A curved concrete plinth wraps all-around this circular sunken lounge, which Wooden Marsh created at Towers Highway Dwelling in Melbourne’s Toorak suburb.

Accessed by two small ways, the pit is equipped with a polychromatic carpet and pink sofas that are orientated towards a massive suspended hearth on one particular facet.

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Broken-plan interior by Echlin
Picture is by Taran Wilkhu

Knightsbridge Mews, United kingdom, by Echlin

A grey L-shaped sofa and wood cabinetry fold all around the edge of this seating area, which architecture studio Echlin has sunk into the basement of a London mews house.

The room was released as portion of a broken-system format, which loosely demarcates the lounge spot from the kitchen behind it devoid of generating individual rooms.

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Terrace with a conversation pit
Photograph is by Scott Frances

Shore Dwelling, United states of america, by Leroy Avenue Studio

This sunken lounge sits on a semi-open up deck that is enclosed by the open-program lounge, kitchen area and dining space at the Shore Property in New York’s Suffolk County.

It was intended by Leroy Street Studio as a room for the home owners to host large parties and activities and is finish with a substantial masonry fireside and fire surrounded by black ceramic tiles.

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Minimalist apartment by Arquitectura-G
Image is by José Hevia

Residence on the Street, Spain, by Arquitectura-G

The lowered sofas in this dialogue pit are protected in cushions that match the color of the carpet at the Property on the Street, a minimalist condominium in Barcelona by Arquitectura-G.

Sinking the lounge area aided to split up the apartment’s open-program inside and provides curiosity to the monochrome space.

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Conversation pit by Eldridge London
Photo is by Nick Guttridge

Home in Coombe Park, Uk, by Eldridge London

This curved sunken lounge is positioned in one wing of the House in Coombe Park, which studio Eldridge London designed for a household on a verdant location in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Distinguished by a transition from oak flooring to soft grey carpet, it is framed by a huge bespoke couch that follows its curves and is entire with a grey Bertoia Hen Chair by Knoll and a pair of Flower Tables by Swedese.

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Conversation pit with pink cushions
Picture is by Andrew Ogilvy

Ritson Highway, Uk, by Gresford Architects

Gresford Architects prepared this Victorian residence extension in London about a sunken seating space that is lined with plush pink-velvet cushions.

Positioned together with a wintertime yard and exterior terrace, it is intended for a cosy mid-century aesthetic. The velvet cushions match the coloured concrete that was made use of to assemble the extension, which is uncovered internally.

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Sunken living room by Tandem
Picture is by John Gollings

Accurate North Household, Australia, by Tandem

A dialogue pit assists to break up the open-plan floor floor of the Fact North Property, where by there is also a kitchen area, eating location and double-height atrium.

Even so, to develop a perception of continuity among the areas, they are all finished with the very same grey terrazzo flooring and picket wall panelling. The pit is concluded with a curved gray couch and a plywood cabinet.

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Sunken sofa by Simon Pole and Annabel Dundas
Image is by Damien Kook

River House, Australia, by Simon Pole and Annabel Dundas

Architect Simon Pole and graphic designer Annabel Dundas made this compact discussion pit for the guesthouse at their residence on the lender of the Yarra River in Melbourne.

Accessed by four white ways, it is lined with wood and equipped out with grey cushions that established it apart from the dark gray flooring tiles of the kitchenette beside it.

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This is the most recent in our sequence of lookbooks offering curated visible inspiration from Dezeen’s graphic archive. For additional inspiration see earlier lookbooks showcasing glass-block walls, modernist open-strategy residing rooms and residences with inside courtyards.