Homes that are built around a central courtyard are not new – in fact they seem quite the hallmark of a civilised society (just ask the Romans, ancient Egyptians, Sumerians and any number of other bygone peoples who were really good at building things). To me, they are a literal representation of what ‘home’ symbolises: safety, security and privacy. This type of building remains appealing for architects, and is now finding an advantage on urban infill sites where there are stringent rules for how much a new home can overlook its existing neighbours. The downsides are that the external face that such a home shows to the world can be a little mean and fortress-like; and the actual courtyard can fill up with leaves and crisp packets and water and other detritus, with nowhere for it to go. But I think being able to wave at your loved-ones across the way would more than make up for it (although come to think of it this could also be another disadvantage if you were trying to hide from them). Here are some recent examples of the genre.
- My interview with Osborne & Little’s Peter Osborne, celebrating 50 years in business twitter.com/teleproperty/s… 2 days ago
- Please make it good @Egretwest @Studio_CTA! Also, not everyone wants to keep the bloody giant cat. twitter.com/ArchitectsJrna… 3 days ago
- Impressed that I found a document of GOOD LOFTS, created for the next time I was commissioned to write about lofts.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 4 days ago
- RT @MrTimDunn: We have opened a new town at @Bekonscot Model Village - that i designed 12 yrs ago - and staff have been building ever since… 1 week ago
- Ooof the replies to this are quite something twitter.com/david_cameron/… 1 week ago