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