Courtyards can play a pivotal role in residential design, regulating light, shade, ventilation and the use of open space. With thousands of years of tradition on which to draw, 21st-century architects of the Asia-Pacific are realizing courtyard living afresh. This rich overview presents 25 of the most breathtaking contemporary houses across Australia and Asia: a beachside residence in Sydney with unparalleled sightlines, a tropical Singaporean paradise bridging the generations, a meditative retreat in Sri Lanka and other extraordinary examples in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and India. The featured homes reveal how innovative courtyard design can enhance social spaces, ensure privacy and create a direct connection with nature, among other functions. Whether planning a courtyard house of your own, looking for new spatial ideas, or merely considering ways to optimize indoor-outdoor living, this is an essential source of inspiration.
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