4 Modern Courtyards that Bring Nature Inside

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4 Modern Courtyards that Bring Nature Inside

With the ability to connect living spaces to the outdoors while staying out of view from the neighbors, it’s no wonder the courtyard is reappearing in residential architectural design. These outdoor spaces enclosed within the walls of a home bring many advantages to a design such as improved ventilation, increased natural light, and direct access to nature. Here are four modern courtyards sure to inspire.

North Fork bay open atrium
North Fork bay open atrium

The Courtyard Raised in New York

For this prefab beach house on Long Island, architect Jonathan Tucker of Resolution: 4 Architecture elevated the courtyard to the second floor.

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Custom cat house courtyard
Custom cat house courtyard

The Cat’s Meow of Courtyards

For an Arizona couple with more than a dozen rescue cats, architects Kathy Hancox and Michael Kothke, principals of HK Associates, designed a minimalist home interspersed with a series of courtyards where the felines can safely roam.

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RR Oasis
RR Oasis

A “Mini Micro-Climate” Courtyard in the Desert

In this short video, architect Cavin Costello of The Ranch Mine discusses the inspiration behind his courtyard-style home in Arizona.

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Feldman courtyard
Feldman courtyard

Courtyards That Channel Calm

Architect Tai Ikegami of Feldman Architecture designed a series of outdoor courtyards to craft this tree-filled sanctuary in San Francisco.

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