Enclosed courtyard
March 11, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Please help me with ideas. I am trying to design the plan for my new house and would love to have it as a partial double story with a courtyard in the middle that has no access from outside for security reasons. I want to maximise on natural light. Any ideas or inspirational pictures on how yo incorporate this courtyard?
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In the middle east this is commonly known as a riyad - it can be very pretty
Marrakesh by Design Morrocan Homes Maryam Montague
In this example below you can see they have an upper story with balconies and then a lower terrace (which in your case, could have a fountain, pond or grass)

If you can use glass as part of your terrassing above, you would allow light to travel below so it would not be so heavy and dark on the lower floors. Also an astute use of windows and openings can allow for breezes - depending where you are based.

Modern energy efficient house on SF Bay
Entry Courtyard
March 11, 2013 at 9:57am   
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Thank you, i love the one with a fountain in the middle
March 16, 2013 at 1:37pm   
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