This patio is one of those that seems to have simple geometry at first. However, if you diagrammed it, you'l find all sorts of lines and relationships between its elements. This design is a great example of the landscape architecture being perfectly in sync with the architecture.
These pops of bright color and the blocky geometry recalls the work of Luis Barragan.
This designer is having some fun playing the cliff wall against the rods.
This simple patio does a very good job of providing a transitional zone between indoors and outdoors.
Check out the way this fence plays with transparency and views. This also apears to be made from permeable pavement, which reduces runoff and non-point source pollution.
This backyard incorporates fire and water into a distorted checkerboard pattern.
The next three photos show the same patio space. It is a great example of considering function and views. It is part breezeway, part patio, providing a cooling breeze, shade, cover, and a wonderful vista.
Sun or shade? Take your pick.
Ah, what a view!
This one reminds me of Thomas Church's work in California with its amoeba shapes and deference to existing trees.
This massive sliding door lets the patio and the interior become one space when opened.
This design has zoned different outdoor areas for different functions, and again, provides a gradual transition from indoors to outdoors.
Simplicity lets us appreciate the materials.
What could have been a wasted concrete space becomes a wonderful conversation area.
I snapped this and the remaining photos on the Modern Atlanta House Tour a few years back. I loved these simple wooden planters, and how they mimicked the shape of the pavers.
This space flip-flopped our expectations - the patio was made from hardwoods, the living space inside had a cement floor. Rills and pavers separated the two
Here's a better look at the fountain.
I know this image turns up in a TON of ideabooks, but I had to include it. What makes this patio so great is its separation from the main house, with the tape vert (sp? I never know if I am spelling that correctly!) in between.