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January 21, 2016
Behind their urban facades, these homes from New York to Melbourne conceal outdoor moments.
The glass wall separating the main living area and the inner courtyard garden opens like an accordion to create a barrier-free transition. Built-in planters along the walls of the courtyard add greenery without eating into the valuable surface 
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The glass wall separating the main living area and the inner courtyard garden in this eight-foot-wide house in London opens like an accordion to create a barrier-free transition. Built-in planters along the walls of the courtyard add greenery without eating into the valuable surface area of the courtyard.

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Originally appeared in A Slender Geothermal Cottage in London
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Courtyard with "picking wall" of herbs in Melbourne renovation.

The backyard of his Melbourne renovation features a vertical garden, called the “picking wall” by the designers of Weller Landscapes, for its selection of kitchen herbs. In regards to the courtyard's wood and concrete finishes, the architects explain how “[The] materials all had an honest raw quality about them, allowing them to age gracefully and acquire their own patina over time.”

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Originally appeared in A Secluded Courtyard and Minimalist Interiors Hide Within This Victorian Renovation
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Baumann residence courtyard

This Brooklyn home’s enclosed courtyard sits at “the heart of the structure,” says Philippe Baumann, who resides with his wife, Lisa Sardinas, and eight-year-old son, Oskar. “This is clearly the dominant space; everything flexes towards it.” Baumann cast the square concrete floor tiles himself, enlisting the help of his son. A small, neat patch of grass—a playful nod to the archetypal domestic lawn—is edited down to a charming folly.

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Originally appeared in A Rooftop Garden Completes This Home
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The Zizmors didn't want to use curtains to screen their wide-open home from noisy neighbors. Instead, Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design, an urban landscaper, created a living wall of wooden planters and English ivy that provides privacy without blocki

After a yearlong renovation, light streams into this Manhattan apartment through an expansive glass wall as the residents come and go between a new living room and a deck lined with ipe wood capped by a wall of English ivy. 

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A single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer, defines the courtyard.

Four box-shaped structures, arranged around a central courtyard, make up this Seoul home. The courtyard is adorned with a single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer.

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Modern kitchen with white countertops and Eames lounge chair

Save for one tree, this simple courtyard is perfectly spare, making it the medidative heart of this Los Angeles residence.

Originally appeared in Looking Inward
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The glass wall separating the main living area and the inner courtyard garden opens like an accordion to create a barrier-free transition. Built-in planters along the walls of the courtyard add greenery without eating into the valuable surface 
area of th

The glass wall separating the main living area and the inner courtyard garden in this eight-foot-wide house in London opens like an accordion to create a barrier-free transition. Built-in planters along the walls of the courtyard add greenery without eating into the valuable surface area of the courtyard.

Photo by Charlie Crane.

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