Great design invites people to use architecture on their own terms. This is one of the best parts about atriums. These large, open-air (and often skylight-covered) spaces are found within a building, and other than acting as spaces that provide light and ventilation to the interior, they are usually made without a heavily prescribed use. While atria are found worldwide and have existed throughout history, they continue to be reimagined in contemporary architecture and design.
From the world’s tallest atrium, Leeza SOHO, to small residential projects, atriums are made to uplift and draw our view to the sky. They also invite natural light and provide an open space to lounge, work or meet. The following atrium examples showcase their design through plan and section drawings drawn from around the world. Together, they reveal how an atrium is made within a larger building while also painting a picture of how these spaces are experienced today.
By John Wardle Architects and NADAAA, Melbourne, Australia
JWA and NADAAA designed the new Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning building for the University of Melbourne. The building design responds to the planning principles set out in the 2008 University of Melbourne Parkville Campus Master Plan. Its design meets its briefed area and budget targets, comprising of 6 levels. Central to the design is the Studio Hall, a large flexible space that provides for informal occupation over all times of the day.