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February 8, 2016
From a large gathering space for family or a tranquil sanctuary, these seven designs feature some very different takes on the ancient idea of a courtyard.
The square fountain at the courtyard's center is a modern rendition of a very traditional feature in many Middle Eastern homes.

The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful with a house designed to host the massive gatherings of this family. The square fountain at the courtyard's center is a modern rendition of a very traditional feature in many Middle Eastern homes.

 

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Wave House Central Courtyard, Fujisawa, Japan

The Japanese home’s design, which is masked by a massive cantilevered entrance, become apparent once one enters the central courtyard. Living spaces abut three of its sides, looking in with full-height windows. The roofline can be seen fluctuating as one goes from front-to-back. The memorial tree, around which the courtyard and home are built, will continue to grow in coming years.

 

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Rooftop courtyard with a pool in a Mexico City home

The rooftop courtyard of this Mexico City home is lined with a verdant mix of indigenous plants, including banana trees, palm trees, lion’s claw, Mexican breadfruit, and native vines. The chaise longues were designed for architect Ezequiel Farca’s EF Collection.

 

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Lookout House Courtyard in Tasmania

The architect incorporated a central courtyard into this inventive Tasmanian home, an unusual but intelligent design response for the region with a temperate climate. “The house sets up an interesting tension between two established [courtyard and farmhouse] typologies,” architect Nathan Crump explains.

 

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Central courtyard in the Yucca Valley house

The architects designed the rooms of this dark Yucca Valley home as a linear sequence wrapping around a central courtyard. As one would have traversed the preexisting rock face, residents are constantly negotiating small elevation changes throughout the house. The plan also protects a central courtyard from the harsh desert climate.

 

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São Paulo architect Isay Weinfeld's Casa Deck offers cinematic vistas, a lush garden, and a retreat from Brazil's largest city. A small interior courtyard features a huge skylight and the sculpture Air-Port-City/Cloud-City/ 14-5-4 Cloud Modules 30 Net by Tomás Saraceno.

 

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brick-clad home renovation Chicago interior living room

Once ashamed of his lackluster Chicago abode, architect Brad Lynch tore it down and started over with a family home that’s part retreat and part public stage. On the ground level, a CB2 sofa overlooks the back courtyard. 

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The square fountain at the courtyard's center is a modern rendition of a very traditional feature in many Middle Eastern homes.

The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful with a house designed to host the massive gatherings of this family. The square fountain at the courtyard's center is a modern rendition of a very traditional feature in many Middle Eastern homes.

 

Photo by Justin Fantl. Image courtesy of justin fantl photography.

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