Image: Stephen Chau
Staring into the void: View from the 88th floor of the atrium of the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel in the Jin Mao Tower
When conceived on a grand scale, atriums (or atria) are true architectural wonders. These large, sky-lit spaces inside modern buildings often extend over several stories – and sometimes a great many more – creating airy, spacious environments. Until you look down, that is. Taking in the view from exceptionally tall examples of these central courts, a sense of light and space might well be the last thing on your mind.