Arcop arranges Afghan hospital around public and private courtyards

This hospital nestled in a valley in Afghanistan’s central highlands features a sequence of courtyards intended to “foster healing and well-being” that become increasingly more private within the complex. Bamyan Provincial Hospital is part of an urban masterplan for the town of Bamyan, which is situated in an area called Village Mullah Ghulam on the

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O-office Architects reinterprets traditional Chinese courtyard house in concrete and steel

This contemporary reinterpretation of a vernacular courtyard house in the Chinese city of Guangzhou features a sequence of living areas and bedrooms arranged around a central pond. Local studio O-office Architects designed the three-bedroom Veranda Courthouse for a site on a gently sloping south-facing hillside in a northern suburb of Guangzhou. In response to the

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Panovscott rearranges Sydney cottage around central courtyard garden

Local architecture studio Panovscott has modernised a cottage in Sydney by introducing a courtyard that the living spaces and bedrooms all open directly onto. The house, which was likely constructed in the 1980s, occupies a plot on a lane lined with a variety of small dwellings, garages and sheds, in a suburb of the Australian city. Rather

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Peach House is a contemporary brick-clad courtyard house in Beijing

Architect Frederic Schnee has modernised and extended a traditional house in Beijing by moving the courtyard onto the first floor so a shop can be accommodated at street level. The original building is a typical example of a self-built residence that had undergone multiple adaptations over several decades in response to the changing needs of its

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Liddicoat & Goldhill squeezes asymmetric Makers House onto narrow plot in Hackney

Skylights and large glazed surfaces that open onto a secluded courtyard allow natural light to pour into the interior of this house designed by architects David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill for a narrow site in east London. The husband-and-wife team, who run their studio Liddicoat & Goldhill from an office in Clerkenwell, bought the site

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TACO creates its own pink-toned architecture studio on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Mexican architecture firm TACO has designed the Portico Palmeto studio to act as its headquarters, with pink walls, local materials, and tall shutters that open up the interior to its tropical setting. The 1,453-square-foot (135-square-metre) rose-coloured building serves primarily as an architecture studio in Mérida – a historic city on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The two-storey structure

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Amos Goldreich completes refuge for victims of domestic abuse in Israel

A secluded garden courtyard surrounded by brick buildings forms The Ada and Tamar De Shalit House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence near Tel-Aviv. London studio Amos Goldreich Architecture worked with local office Jacobs Yaniv Architects to deliver the project, which provides the first purpose-built shelter for the charity No To Violence. The charity was

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Porthole openings connect community centre and kindergarten in Cambridge

Porthole windows with brightly coloured frames, a soaring spiral staircase and waterfall gutters are among the playful touches MUMA Architects has included in this community centre in Cambridge, England. The London-based practice arranged the community centre and nursery school around a landscaped courtyard, which provides a secure playground for the children without the need for fences. With

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Seattle garden studio by Wittman Estes provides model for “courtyard urbanism”

US firm Wittman Estes has added a studio building and a Chinese-inspired courtyard to an existing residence in a dense neighbourhood, aiming to show how to maximise an urban lot. The project, called Grasshopper Studio and Courtyard, is located on a rectangular parcel that contains a modest home dating to the 1940s. The project entailed

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Pivoting doors offer breezes and views at Tamara Wibowo’s Indonesian home

Rows of pivoting glass doors can be opened to allow air to flow through living spaces that open onto courtyards, terraces and lush gardens at this house in the Indonesian city of Semarang. House of Inside and Outside is the first project designed by architect Tamara Wibowo, and was developed as a home for her

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Estúdio BRA creates slender urban home for young couple in São Paulo

Brazilian firm Estúdio BRA Arquitetura has designed a compact house for a long and narrow parcel of land, incorporating front and rear courtyards, and a rooftop deck. The Pirajá House occupies a four-by-24-metre lot in the Pinheiros district in São Paulo. Designed for a young couple and their dog, the project entailed razing most of

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Terra e Tuma creates narrow concrete house for dense area of São Paulo

Brazilian studio Terra e Tuma has designed a slender urban home with concrete block walls and rooms organised around two interior courtyards. The Mipibu House occupies a long, slender lot in a dense neighbourhood in São Paulo. The dwelling is surrounded by low-scale dwellings with red-tiled roofs. “This house represents a very common situation in

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David Guerra wraps Brazilian house around courtyard filled with tropical plants

A cluster of cement- and stone-covered volumes conceal a garden of bushy grass, palm trees and colourful plants that architect David Guerra has created at the centre of this house in southeast Brazil. Comprising one- and two-storey cubes, Valley House II is a sprawling 7,500 square feet (696-square-metre) residence located on an elevated site in Nova

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Mecanoo completes modern Palace of Justice in historic Córdoba

Mecanoo’s vast law courts in the Spanish city of Córdoba features cut-out courtyards and golden details, in reference to the city’s medieval history. The Dutch architecture studio collaborated with local engineering firm Ayesa to design the 48,000-square-metre Palace of Justice as a new civic centre for the area. Along with a courthouse containing 26 courtrooms, the six-storey

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Massive angular roof spans four parts of Hawaiian home by Johnston Marklee

Traditional Hawaiian hut geometry informed this courtyard house by Johnston Marklee, which comprises four separate volumes grouped beneath a single roof. Although the site on Hawaii’s Big Island is in a tropical setting that allows for outdoor living, it is also prone to extreme rainfall at times. Los Angeles architecture firm Johnston Marklee therefore sought

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Neogenesis+Studi0261 incorporates planted terraces and courtyard into Jungalow house

Living spaces at this house in the Indian city of Surat are arranged around a verdant courtyard lined with glass walls that can be retracted to open the interior up to the outdoors. Local architecture office Neogenesis+Studi0261 designed the house for an agriculturalist and his family, who wanted be able to look out at lots

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Stainless-steel poles screen living spaces and gardens at South Korean home

Seoul studio Augmented Reality Architects has completed a house in the South Korean city of Gimhae featuring a facade formed of vertical metal poles that shields an interior arranged around a series of courtyard gardens. Augmented Reality Architects designed Steel Grove for a client who is interested in gardening and wanted to incorporate various outdoor

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Glazed extension to Taiwan home by 5X Studio provides views of plants and the sky

This extension to a house in Taiyuan City, Taiwan, contains independent living spaces for two brothers, which are connected by a glazed corridor that traverses a narrow plant-lined courtyard. Architects Joe Wang and Alfie Huang of local office 5X Studio designed the extension for clients who wanted their sons to have a sense of independence

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10 courtyards that function as outdoor living spaces

Nothing makes the connection between indoor and outdoor space like a courtyard. This week’s roundup of images from Pinterest celebrates some of the best examples, from a Japanese house built around a family’s beloved tree, to the open-air courtyard of an apartment block in one of LA’s densest neighbourhoods. Hiiragi’s House, Japan, by Takashi Okuno Japanese

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Concrete house in Buenos Aires by Besonías Almeida fits among mature trees

Argentinian firm Besonías Almeida has built a house in Buenos Aires around existing foliage, using board-formed concrete and dark laminated timber panels. Casa Aranzazu is located in a residential part of the city, on a forested site with a footprint of 7,287 square feet (677 square metres). From the front, the concrete house appears to be rectangular, but

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Studio Air Putih combines brick with rusted steel and concrete at Jakarta offices

This office in Indonesia created by Studio Air Putih for its own team of architects and interior designers comprises a series of red-brick volumes arranged around a courtyard planted with trees. Studio Air Putih is based in the city of South Tangerang in Banten province, which is part of the Greater Jakarta metropolitan area. The

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Hiiragi’s House is a Japanese home arranged around a courtyard and old tree

Japanese architect Takashi Okuno designed this house with a U-shaped plan, to ensure every room has a view of the tree in the central courtyard. Located in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture, Hiiragi’s House sits on a plot containing a tree that has been nurtured by several generations of the owner’s family. Okuno wanted the new house to emphasise the importance

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Cotignola Staricco Tobler slots white office between warehouses in Montevideo

Uruguayan architecture firm Cotignola Staricco Tobler has sandwiched an all-white office building between shipping warehouses in the country’s capital, and included two pebbled courtyards on its second level. The building in Montevideo has an entirely white front facade and large windows, contrasting with the surrounding residential and industrial buildings. It was constructed for import business Prinzi

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Steel colonnades create sheltered outdoor spaces at Mexican hacienda

Mexican firm Desnivel Arquitectos has completed a residence that includes a large living area with no walls, and a covered walkway that overlooks a lush garden and a swimming pool. Casa Sitpach is located in the town of the same name on the Yucatan peninsula – a tropical region in Mexico that receives ample rainfall.

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HGR Arquitectos uses orange bricks to build Mexico City apartment block

Brickwork panels alternate with gaps up the sides of this housing project in Mexico City, which local firm HGR Arquitectos has organised around a line of patios at the centre. Named after a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the Emiliano Zapata 167 apartment block is located in the sprawling city’s south-central Portales Norte neighbourhood.

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Courtyard provides focal point for Seattle home by MW Works

Seattle architecture firm MW Works has helped a couple to self-build this home, which is organised around a courtyard and clad in weathered reclaimed timber. MW Works designed the Helen Street house for a couple and their two dogs, who wanted to return to the city from their rural property and downsize. The corner plot

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31/44 Architects builds grey-brick house around three small courtyards in London

One of the founders of 31/44 Architects has built his own London home, which is arranged around three courtyards to make it easy for domestic life to spill outdoors. The two-storey house, named No 49, provides a home for Stephen Davies, who is one of three founders of London- and Amsterdam-based 31/44 Architects. It is is located on an infill site in

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AL_A completes tile-covered entrance and subterranean gallery for London’s V&A museum

Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete and her firm AL_A have completed a new porcelain-tiled entrance and underground exhibition hall at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter comprises an alternative entrance to the museum, as well as extra gallery space and a courtyard. The £54.5 million scheme by Levete’s London-based firm, which was first announced back in

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Gardens separate rooms wrapped in brick, stone and wood at Mexican courthouse

An oval stone wall encloses brick and timber volumes that offer varying levels of privacy and connection with the gardens at the centre of this courthouse in Pátzcuaro, Mexico, by Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo. The courthouse was designed by Rocha and Carrillo’s architecture studio in response to a requirement to update all of Mexico’s justice facilities so that

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Maka Arkitektur completes contemporary Swedish courtyard house

A gabled wall provides the entrance to this holiday home in a Swedish coastal village, which also features rooms arranged around a garden and cherry tree. Summerhouse Bjäre was designed by Gothenburg studio Maka Arkitektur for a village at the tip of the Bjäre peninsula on Sweden’s west coast. The architects’ aim was to create a stripped-back

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dRMM builds Oldham Maggie’s Centre around a courtyard with rippling glass walls

A courtyard with undulating glass walls descends from the base of the stilted wooden structure of this Maggie’s Centre for cancer care in Oldham, England, which has been designed by London studio dRMM. The studio used tulipwood to clad the structure, which at one side projects out over a stone wall. Selected for its positive connotations, the material is intended to

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Macdonald Wright models Kentish country house on traditional hop kilns

Rooms topped with chimney-like roofs surround a secluded courtyard to from this house in Kent, England, which takes its angular form and russet colouring from the area’s hop-drying oast towers. British architect James Macdonald Wright of Macdonald Wright Architects worked with Niall Maxwell of Rural Office for Architecture on the design for Caring Wood house, which provides a residence for three generations of the same family.

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Undulating paving connects inside and outside spaces at Twisting Courtyard house

Beijing practice Arch Studio has renovated a traditional courtyard house in the Chinese capital, adding grey-brick paving that flows from the floor of the outdoor space to form internal walls and roofs. The building is situated in Beijing’s Dashilanr district, south of Tiananmen Square, and was given the title Twisting Courtyard by Arch Studio. The

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Guard Tillman Pollock slots modernist-styled Holm House behind Highgate residence

British firm Guard Tillman Pollock punched a hole through a detached Edwardian property in north London to create a driveway leading to this modernist-inspired house that faces onto a secluded garden. The existing house is situated on a landlocked site at the end of a terrace in Highgate, north London. Its previous owners had also purchased an

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Glazed meditation room overlooks traditional courtyard from Nanjing home

Ming Gu Design has grafted a glazed meditation area onto this historic home in Nanjing, China, which projects out to overhang a central courtyard. The Nanjing-based architecture studio added the gabled meditation room, which features glass walls, to the centre of the heritage-listed house. The meditative space protrudes outwards and overhangs the base of the existing structure of the house, appearing as

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Tham & Videgård Arkitekter designs austere holiday home on Swedish island

This pared-back holiday home on the Swedish island of Gotland provides a retreat for three generations of a family and was designed by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter. The Stockholm studio – arguably best known for its mirrored Treehotel – designed Atrium House on the coast of the island, which is surrounded by the Baltic Sea. As the name suggests,

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Perimeter House encloses private courtyard and plunge pool in Melbourne

Australian studio Make Architecture has added a brick extension to a Victorian cottage in Melbourne that bounds the street on one side and curves around a secluded courtyard on the other. Perimeter House is situated on a plot within the industrial neighbourhood of Abbotsford, which contains brick factories and warehouses that influenced Make Architecture’s choice

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Bergmeisterwolf reinterprets the traditional log cabin with Twisted House apartments

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has applied vernacular log cladding to this group of holiday apartments, which extend around a courtyard in the Italian alps. Contained within angular volumes, the Twisted House apartments were designed for a hillside site in South Tyrol, close to Bergmeisterwolf’s studio in the town of Brixen. Five accommodation units are contained within a

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HAO Design converts 1980s townhouse into furniture shop and cafe in Taiwan

A skinny townhouse in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung has been transformed into a brightly lit cafe and furniture store by local studio HAO Design. Located in the city’s Zuoying district, the once dark and compartmentalised property has been transformed by removing internal walls and a disruptive staircase to open up the split-level space. “First we removed the solid

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AFKS wraps horseshoe-shaped kindergarten in stripy multicoloured metal cladding

Colourful metal cladding extends across the front of this daycare centre in the Finnish city of Espoo, which encloses a secluded playground to its rear. Painiitty Daycare Centre was designed by Helsinki studio AFKS for a site in the city’s Lintuvaara district, which is lined on its northern edge by a busy road. The site conditions prompted

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Ho Chi Minh apartment block features patterned terracotta facade and garden pockets

A screen of decorative terracotta blockwork fronts this apartment block in Ho Chi Minh City by Sanuki Daisuke Architects, which features planted courtyards in its centre.  Diamond and floral motifs are cut through the terracotta facade fronting the Apartment in Binh Thanh, which is named after a district in the Vietnamese city. Sanuki Daisuke Architects chose terracotta for its relatively low cost. The perforated

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Oslo psychiatric centre by Hille Melbye features planted courtyards and decorative brickwork

Patients of Hille Melbye’s psychiatric centre in Oslo are welcomed by a decorative brick building, which is surrounded by landscaped courtyards designed to act as an extension of therapy. The local studio was commissioned to design the complex to accommodate day, night, outpatient and ambulatory psychiatric services for the neighbourhoods of Oslo. It was vital that the Southern Oslo

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Two white volumes frame central courtyard of Vermont home by Birdseye Design

A pair of buildings with pitched roofs and white-washed exteriors form this home in rural Vermont by design-build studio Birdseye Design. The project, aptly named Two Shed, is located in the village of Waterbury in the northern US state. Design and construction were taken on by the same team, ensuring a streamlined process. The two

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Anahata’s pared-back house in western India features facade designed as “a piece of art”

The sculptural facade of this house in the Indian city of Belgaum comprises staggered blocks containing rooms that extend out from a central plant-filled courtyard. Padival House was designed by local studio Anahata for a young couple with two children, who wanted a modern home to sit on a site in a typical gridiron residential neighbourhood.

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DRDH completes elderly home in Belgium featuring pared-back finishes and open-air courtyards

London studio DRDH Architects has built an apartment complex and social centre for elderly people in Aarschot, Belgium, featuring simple materials, communal courtyards and few bold splashes of colour. DRDH Architects worked with Belgian studio Architecten de Vylder Vinck Tallieu to design the facility for social services provider OCMW Aarschot, after jointly winning an international competition. The project consists of a

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House in a Japanese forest features secluded courtyards framing views of trees and sky

Architects Megumi Matsubara and Hiroi Ariyama arranged this house in the forest near Karuizawa around five courtyards to provide views of vegetation both inside and outside the building. Matsubara teamed up with Ariyama of Tokyo studio Assistant to design the guest house and private gallery for an art collector in Nagano Prefecture. The single-storey residence is situated in a clearing

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De Rosee Sa uses cobbled courtyards to bring light into west London house

A trio of courtyards covered in cobbles and surrounded by glass break up this London home, which has cedar-lined walls that reference the old timber store it replaces. London-based architecture studio De Rosee Sa designed the house for a client who lived across the road from the old timber storage yard. He bought the site located between terraces and a row of 16 garages

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Plant-filled courtyards create natural enclaves in Brazilian home by AZM Arquitetos

São Paulo firm AZM Arquitetos has built a home in the city that expands onto a verdant lawn, while a series of planted spaces open to the sky continue the greenery through the property. The home is situated in Alto de Pinheiros, a residential district of the large Brazilian city. The architects organised the floor

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House L27 by dIONISO LAB is arranged around a curving courtyard in northern Portugal

Straight walls are in short supply at this house in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, which curls around the edges of a curving cobbled courtyard. Architect José Cadilhe of local studio dIONISO LAB designed House L27 in a suburban area of the city on the northern outskirts of Porto. The recently developed neighbourhood comprises orthogonal plots that typically

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Limestone walls define sequence of courtyards at Arizona desert home by MASAstudio

This stone villa in Arizona by Los Angeles architect Marwan Al-Sayed was conceived as a succession of interior and exterior spaces that are organised around a central courtyard. Stone Court Villa is a four-bedroom residence located in the rugged landscape of Paradise Valley. Al-Sayed described the sequence of spaces that make up the home as “a rhythm

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Rudy Ricciotti sinks Rivesaltes Memorial Museum in furrow at former French military camp

This museum on the site of a former French military and internment camp near Perpignan comprises a 240-metre-long concrete block with large openings puncturing its gently inclined roof. The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum was designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti and completed in 2015. It is among the five finalists for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. The

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Tonkin Liu reveals tapering tower complex for Zhengzhou

London-based architecture firm Tonkin Liu has revealed its plans for a family of fritted-glass skyscrapers, which will be arranged around a central plaza in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou.  Five tapering towers scoop up from a podium surrounding a central garden, taking a form not dissimilar to the recent £1 billion tower complex Santiago Calatrava designed for London’s

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Studioshaw proposes drone-racing arena and shipping-container offices for Dundee waterfront

Studioshaw has won an ideas competition for the Scottish city Dundee with its plans for a sunken courtyard to race drones and prototype virtual reality games. Sponsored by the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) and the Scottish Enterprise, the Seabraes Yards Sketch Design contest called for a new public facility for children and young people at the Digital Media Park

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Sandstone-clad blocks encircle central square at island clubhouse in Jiaxing

Sandstone blocks face into a central courtyard to create this fortress-like clubhouse by More Architecture and Aim Architecture, which is set on an island in Jiaxing. Shanghai-based More Architecture and Aim Architecture designed the 16,000-square-metre Jiaxing Island complex for a site on the edge of the city, which is set between Shanghai and Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province. Water surrounds

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DG Arquitecto Valencia reconfigures traditional Spanish townhouse

The original wooden doors and vaulted ceilings of this Valencian townhouse have been retained in renovation works carried out to improve its connection with a landscaped courtyard. The house dating from the early 20th century was refurbished by local studio DG Arquitecto Valencia, which reconfigured the internal and external spaces to better suit the needs

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Walls of glass, stone and wood line courtyards at Pitsou Kedem’s House F

Pitsou Kedem Architects has completed a family home in the Savyon district of Israel, featuring living areas flanked by glazed walls facing onto private courtyards. The F House was designed by architect Pitsou Kedem’s studio for a plot in the upmarket neighbourhood, which is around 20 kilometres east of central Tel-Aviv. Set within private grounds, the

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Gardiner Architects shelters Melbourne house beneath folded zinc roof

Zinc panels form an undulating roof for this linear courtyard house by Gardiner Architects, which overlooks Melbourne from its hilltop site. Local studio Gardiner Architects designed Ruckers Hill House for a couple with three young children, who had purchased a vacant plot with expansive views south towards the city. The fairly narrow site informed a configuration that stretches back away from

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Elliptical cheese factory wraps glazed viewing courtyard

This boutique dairy factory in western Turkey by Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects wraps a glazed courtyard offering visitors glimpses of the cheese production within. The Farm of 38° 30° is named after the coordinates of its site in a valley near the village of Afyon Tazlar, in Turkey’s Afyonkarahisar Province. Istanbul-based Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects wanted to elevate the factory

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Wolveridge Architects builds Courtyard Cottage on Australia’s scenic Mornington Peninsula

The residents of this seaside home in Australia can easily cook inside or out, thanks to a kitchen and dining space that opens onto a sculptural barbecue courtyard. Designed by Melbourne-based firm Wolveridge Architects, Courtyard Cottage is a single-storey courtyard home for a family of three in Flinders – a town on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. The

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MIA Design Studio envelopes Vietnam house in plant-covered walls and courtyards

Plant-lined courtyards separate the three single-storey volumes that form this family home designed by MIA Design Studio for a coastal city in Vietnam. The Vietnamese studio was asked to design the house for a nature-loving family, so wanted to create a house that maximises the connection to the outside while also maintaining their privacy. The single-storey residence is set back from a street in Vũng

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Glazed block cantilevers over reflecting pool at Brasília offices by Mira Arquitetos

A metal and glass volume containing offices rests on a concrete base that encloses a public courtyard at this headquarters for the National Confederation of Municipalities in Brasília. The 10, 488-square-metre office block was designed by São Paulo studio Mira Arquitetos for the independent organisation, which represents local municipalities to Brazil’s federal government and the national

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Shingle-clad school by (Se)arch Architekten is set around a cobbled courtyard

Stuttgart studio (Se)arch Architekten has completed a school and daycare centre in the German town of Tübingen, featuring cedar-shingled facades and a cobbled entrance courtyard. The education centre is situated in a wooded area on the banks of the Neckar river, from which the town’s castle and old town are visible across the water. It comprises

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Colonnades frame landscaped courtyards at Buddhist retreat in rural England

This Buddhist retreat by Walters & Cohen Architects features a cluster of pitched-roof structures arranged around tranquil courtyards in the English countryside. The Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre is located on the site of a former farm in Suffolk and is operated by the London Buddhist Centre (LBC), which awarded the project to Walters & Cohen Architects following a competition in 2013. The London-based

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MW Works updates mid-century modern home in Seattle lakeside neighbourhood

American studio MW Works has knocked down walls and added glazing in a 1960s Seattle home, to create a more open layout and strengthen the connection between inside and out. The mid-century modern Laurelhurst Residence was originally designed in 1961 by the late Seattle architect Ibsen Nelsen. The multi-storey dwelling – made of wood, concrete, stone

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Red pyramidal rooms form Henning Stummel’s London home

A cluster of red metal-clad volumes are arranged around a secluded courtyard at Henning Stummel’s self-designed home in west London. The Tin House is squeezed onto a plot surrounded and overlooked by traditional terraced houses in Shepherd’s Bush. It was designed by Henning Stummel as a new home for his family, with a studio for his practice located

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Spiralling walkway surrounds courtyard at Portuguese home by António Costa Lima

A glazed ramp spirals around a courtyard at the centre of this house in the Portuguese town of Estoril, connecting the various living spaces and a garden roof terrace. Lisbon-based architect António Costa Lima designed the house for a family that had lived in several places around the world, but that was now looking to settle

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Óscar Miguel Ares Álvares creates “abstract and hard” care home inspired by arid surroundings

Rows of concrete fins shade the large windows of this nursing home near the Spanish city of Valladolid, which features rooms clustered around a landscaped central courtyard. Local architect Óscar Miguel Ares Álvares designed the facility for the Spanish village of Aldeamayor de San Martin. Its low-lying profile is informed by its position at the border of

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Organic food plant by Arch Studio references China’s hutong housing

This organic food-processing plant in China’s Hebei Province has been designed by Beijing practice Arch Studio as a series of individual buildings set around courtyards. Arch Studio designed the 1,720-square-metre facility as a series of independent blocks – a store, a mill, an oil pressing workshop and packing area – all linked by courtyards. This formation of pitched-roof buildings

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JSa lines Hotel Carlota courtyard with black concrete blocks

Lattices of dark blockwork wrap around a verdant courtyard and narrow swimming pool at this hotel in Mexico City, overhauled by local firm JSa. Located in the Mexican capital’s Cuauhtemoc neighbourhood, just off the Paseo de Reforma thoroughfare, the building first opened in the 1970s as the Hotel Jardin Amazonas. “We googled it right away

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Richard Meier’s Leblon Offices in Rio feature horizontal louvres and vertical gardens

American studio Richard Meier and Partners has completed its first project in South America: a white and concrete office building with hidden vertical gardens in Rio de Janeiro (+ slideshow). Located in the Leblon neighbourhood of this year’s Olympic host city, the seven-storey building forms the new headquarters for Brazilian investment firm VINCI Partners. Its almost cube shape More

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