Beyond a stark, minimal exterior, this home in Fujisawa, Japan is surprisingly inviting, thanks to a sunny courtyard at its core.
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.
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.
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.
For this scenic Tasmanian abode, a central courtyard with a glass wall brings even more light into the interior.
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.”
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.
This simple courtyard is perfectly spare—save for one tree—making it the medidative heart of a Los Angeles residence.