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May 18, 2015
To let light and fresh air into your home, opt for an interior courtyard.
Wave House Central Courtyard, Fujisawa, Japan

Beyond a stark, minimal exterior, this home in Fujisawa, Japan is surprisingly inviting, thanks to a sunny courtyard at its core.

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Originally appeared in This Modest Japanese Home is a Surfer's Paradise
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Cruickshank Mount Pleasant House Interior Courtyard with Pixelated Steel Tulip, Toronto

In a former flower bulb factory in Toronto, an interior courtyard provides space for entertaining, as well as another opportunity to reference the building’s history. Backlighting transforms this 16-foot Cor-Ten steel light fixture into an image of super-sized tulips.

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Roundabout Studio
Originally appeared in Flower Bulb Factory Transformed Into Gorgeous Home
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Courtyard connecting two seating spaces

Separating a Sydney living room from a smaller seating area is a polished concrete courtyard that can be used for quiet reading or shaded play for the homeowners' kids.

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Peter Bennetts
Originally appeared in Cantilevered Playroom Defines This Family-Friendly Sydney House
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Center of Alexandria House in Sydney

An internal courtyard in a renovated 19th-century terrace house in Australia anchors the house while ushering in air and light. “You get a glimpse of both outdoor spaces when walking through the house,” architect Damien Abicic says.

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Originally appeared in Renovated 19th-Century Terrace House Merges with the Outdoors
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Lookout House Courtyard in Tasmania

For this scenic Tasmanian abode, a central courtyard with a glass wall brings even more light into the interior.

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Originally appeared in One-of-a-Kind Glass Facade Gives Tasmanian House Unforgettable Views
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modern courtyard low-e glass wall insulation bench

In an Oregon retreat meant for aging in place, an internal courtyard in the shape of an ovoid decagon aids transparency throughout the entire structure. The layout, says the architect, is meant to “bring people together.”

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Originally appeared in This House Gets Better with Age
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modern beach house thatch roof living dining bar cart

By eliminating walls and incorporating a series of gardens, including a spacious interior courtyard, architect José Roberto Paredes created an airy El Salvador beach house.

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Originally appeared in How to Design with Yellow
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Modern kitchen with white countertops and Eames lounge chair

This simple courtyard is perfectly spare—save for one tree—making it the medidative heart of a Los Angeles residence.

Originally appeared in Looking Inward
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Wave House Central Courtyard, Fujisawa, Japan

Beyond a stark, minimal exterior, this home in Fujisawa, Japan is surprisingly inviting, thanks to a sunny courtyard at its core.

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