A Modern Courtyard

A Modern Courtyard

Sarah Coffey
Apr 25, 2008

Watching Dwell's show on the Fine Living Network, we caught a glimpse of this home in Austin, Texas with a modern glass courtyard. (Apologies for the quality of the photos, which we snapped from our TV set.) We love the idea of using courtyards to naturally light a space and divide it into living sections. In this home, two brothers share a live/work space that's divided by this glassed-in bridge...

The courtyard allows daylight to infiltrate the core of the building, cutting down on electric lighting needs and contributing to a home's energy efficiency. Courtyards also integrate interior spaces with the surrounding landscape, a feature that's often lacking in modern homes. In this space, the glass walls separate the water feature from the interior, reflecting and refracting light from the pools.

For more from Dwell's TV show on the Fine Living Network, click here.

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