Courtyard House

House Woodlands

A contemporary addition to an existing 1970’s brick homestead on a large parcel of land within Woodlands, NSW. AO created an addition that complemented the existing dwelling but offered the amenities and spaces to suit a modern lifestyle and a growing family.

The Ace Residences

The Ace Residences, located in Bowral, the heart of the Southern Highlands, blends modern comforts with the area's rural charm. This project combines new ideas with classic forms and typologies to offer a unique living experience not previously seen in the area.

House Kimberly

A fresh take on the design of over 60’s homes that explores a grouping of contemporary dwellings in a garden setting that offer the space and flexibility for modern living and a sense of community. Each dwelling designed to suit age in place without compromise.

Courtyard House: Embracing Privacy and Outdoor Living

Courtyard houses are designed around a central outdoor space, offering a private and serene area for relaxation and socializing. This architectural style is characterized by its inward focus, with rooms arranged around the courtyard, providing a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living. Here are some key considerations for designing a courtyard house:

  1. Privacy: The courtyard acts as a secluded oasis, shielded from the outside world, offering a private space for residents to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.
  2. Natural Light and Ventilation: The design allows for ample natural light and cross-ventilation, creating a comfortable and healthy living environment.
  3. Indoor-Outdoor Connection: Large windows, sliding doors, and open-plan layouts ensure a seamless flow between indoor spaces and the central courtyard.
  4. Landscaping and Water Features: Incorporating greenery, gardens, and water features within the courtyard enhances the sense of tranquility and connection to nature.
  5. Climate Consideration: In hot climates, the courtyard can provide a cool retreat, while in cooler climates, it can be designed to capture and retain warmth.

Courtyard houses offer a unique living experience, combining the privacy and comfort of indoor spaces with the beauty and openness of outdoor living. This architectural style is adaptable to various climates and cultural contexts, making it a timeless and versatile choice for residential design.

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