Collection by Zachary Edelson

Striking Courtyards


The courtyard is an ancient architectural feature in domestic dwellings and beyond: it bridges indoor and outdoor, private and public. Check out these 6 striking examples from our archives.

On the terrace, an eastern-cedar deck serves as a mid-city oasis.
"Balcony" was the most popular search term on Hemnet in 2014.
Every room in the house looks onto an outdoor space.
In the courtyard, the fence line climbs upward, drawing the eyes to the clouds.
Isaacson "borrows the view" of a neighbor's magnolia on the adjacent property by propping open the side door.
Here's a proper view of the back of the house that reveals the height of the space and how the courtyard really does...