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The slide was designed by Reflect Architecture to animate the lower-level so that it did "not feel like a basement" and to also help bring in natural light via the large opening that it required.

Slide is centrepiece of Walker house renovation by Reflect Architecture

The slide was designed by Reflect Architecture to animate the lower-level so that it did "not feel like a basement" and to also help bring in natural light via the large opening that it required.

Inside is an expansive living area illuminated by two large square windows that have been made in Wall House's front elevation. Sunlight also filters in from the home's glass roof.  A black-metal staircase with a wire-frame balustrade leads to the first level of the home. The bedrooms here and those at ground level are arranged around a void that extends up through both floors.

CTA Creative Architects uses perforated bricks to form Wall House

Inside is an expansive living area illuminated by two large square windows that have been made in Wall House's front elevation. Sunlight also filters in from the home's glass roof. A black-metal staircase with a wire-frame balustrade leads to the first level of the home. The bedrooms here and those at ground level are arranged around a void that extends up through both floors.

Changjiang Art Museum by Vector Architects includes a public square

Vector Architects creates public space with Changjiang Art Museum

Changjiang Art Museum by Vector Architects includes a public square

Kientruc O, which was founded by Đàm Vũ in 2003, has used a lightwell as the main feature of another residence in the city.

Kientruc O carves big lightwell into Vietnamese house

A big elliptical chunk is missing from the middle of this house in Vietnam, which was renovated by Ho Chi Minh City-based architecture studio Kientruc O.

To create the void, the architects added a roof above the front yard with a large curved opening at one side. The well runs along the front wall of the old existing brick house, which was removed and replaced with curved glazing to offer views into the space.
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Kientruc O carves big lightwell into Vietnamese house

A big elliptical chunk is missing from the middle of this house in Vietnam, which was renovated by Ho Chi Minh City-based architecture studio Kientruc O.

Kientruc O introduced the lightwell between the buildings to provide the residents with an outdoor space secluded from the busy city road that runs along the front.

Kientruc O carves big lightwell into Vietnamese house

A big elliptical chunk is missing from the middle of this house in Vietnam, which was renovated by Ho Chi Minh City-based architecture studio Kientruc O.

A triangular lightwell covered in scale-like shingles extends from the roof of this living room that architect Nuno Melo Sousa has added to a house in Penafiel, Portugal.

Nuno Melo Sousa extends house with Sala em Pala living room

A lightwell covered in scale-like shingles extends from the roof of this living room that architect Nuno Melo Sousa has added to a house in Portugal

Colourful restored tile flooring and wooden ceiling beams add character to this Barcelona apartment refurbished by local studio Nook Architects.

Nook Architects uncovers original tiles and timber beams in Barcelona flat

Colourful restored tile flooring and wooden ceiling beams add character to this Barcelona apartment refurbished by local studio Nook Architects

A central lightwell and a secluded courtyard bring natural light into the heart of this house in Leiden, the Netherlands, which was designed by Pasel Kuenzel for a photographer and his family.

Pasel Kuenzel builds V13K05 house for Dutch photographer

A central courtyard brings natural light into the heart of this house in Leiden, designed by Pasel Kuenzel for a photographer and his family.

A central lightwell and a secluded courtyard bring natural light into the heart of this house in Leiden, the Netherlands, which was designed by Pasel Kuenzel for a photographer and his family.

Pasel Kuenzel builds V13K05 house for Dutch photographer

A central courtyard brings natural light into the heart of this house in Leiden, designed by Pasel Kuenzel for a photographer and his family.

Reclaimed brick walls help this home of modest proportions blend with its historic context in London's Clerkenwell, where it stands on top of a former 19th-century prison.

Coffey Architects sets small brick home atop Victorian prison vaults in London

Reclaimed brick walls help this home of modest proportions blend with its historic context in London, where it stands on top of a former prison

Reclaimed brick walls help this home of modest proportions blend with its historic context in London's Clerkenwell, where it stands on top of a former 19th-century prison.

Coffey Architects sets small brick home atop Victorian prison vaults in London

Reclaimed brick walls help this home of modest proportions blend with its historic context in London, where it stands on top of a former prison

A tree grows up through a lightwell that Australian studio Welsh + Major has added to this house in Sydney, and topped with an opening glass roof.

Welsh + Major slots lightwell between Sydney cottage and brick extension

A tree grows up the lightwell that Australian studio Welsh + Major has added to this house in Sydney, and topped with an opening glass roof

A tree grows up through a lightwell that Australian studio Welsh + Major has added to this house in Sydney, and topped with an opening glass roof.

Welsh + Major slots lightwell between Sydney cottage and brick extension

A tree grows up the lightwell that Australian studio Welsh + Major has added to this house in Sydney, and topped with an opening glass roof

Japanese architecture studio Chop + Archi has used a trio of courtyards to make the most of the sharp "dead space" corners of this house, located on an almost triangular plot in Tokyo.

Chop + Archi cuts lightwells into corners of triangular house in Tokyo

Japanese studio Chop + Archi has used trio of voids to create indoor courtyards that make the most of the sharp "dead space" corners of this house in Tokyo.

Japanese architecture studio Chop + Archi has used a trio of courtyards to make the most of the sharp "dead space" corners of this house, located on an almost triangular plot in Tokyo.

Chop + Archi cuts lightwells into corners of triangular house in Tokyo

Japanese studio Chop + Archi has used trio of voids to create indoor courtyards that make the most of the sharp "dead space" corners of this house in Tokyo.