Before & After: A Blighted Boarding House in Sydney Is Now an Adaptable Courtyard Home

COX Architecture’s Joe Agius reconfigures a terrace house around a verdant courtyard, drawing inspiration from Moroccan riads.

Sydney architect Joe Agius has always had an interest in courtyard homes—having experienced them on travels through Europe, North Africa, and China—but never thought he would have the opportunity to design one for himself in his home city. When he and his wife, Kate, began to look for a home to renovate for themselves and their two teenage sons, however, they came across a substantial Italianate terrace in a heritage suburb that offered an opportunity to bring this dream to life.

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