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.
This open atrium with large windows on both sides separates the different living areas.
For this prefab beach house on Long Island, architect Jonathan Tucker of Resolution: 4 Architecture elevated the courtyard to the second floor
A desert landscaped courtyard is accessible by a large sliding door.
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.
In this short video, architect Cavin Costello of The Ranch Mine discusses the inspiration behind his courtyard-style home in Arizona.
The living room extends to a desert oasis courtyard through a large, pocketing multi-slide door.
A large, wooden bench looks out into the tree-filled courtyard through wall-to-ceiling fixed windows.
Architect Tai Ikegami of Feldman Architecture designed a series of outdoor courtyards to craft this tree-filled sanctuary in San Francisco.