1. ArchDaily
  2. Courtyard

Courtyard: The Latest Architecture and News

MVRDV Announces New Residential Complex for Tencent’s Campus in Shenzhen, China

MVRDV has revealed a large-scale residential complex to take shape as part of a new smart city campus built by technology company Tencent in Qianhai Bay, Shenzhen, China. MVRDV’s intervention, named Tencent P5, is comprised of 11 apartment towers arranged around four courtyards. The project also includes amenities such as an adjacent kindergarten, to offer all the necessary facilities for the company’s employees. Construction began in early 2022 and is scheduled for completion in 2024.

MVRDV Announces New Residential Complex for Tencent’s Campus in Shenzhen, China - Image 1 of 4MVRDV Announces New Residential Complex for Tencent’s Campus in Shenzhen, China - Image 2 of 4MVRDV Announces New Residential Complex for Tencent’s Campus in Shenzhen, China - Image 3 of 4MVRDV Announces New Residential Complex for Tencent’s Campus in Shenzhen, China - Image 4 of 4MVRDV Announces New Residential Complex for Tencent’s Campus in Shenzhen, China - More Images+ 8

Bringing the Outside In: Life-Size Terrariums and Other Ways to Exhibit Nature in European Apartment Buildings

As the temperature drops in the Northern Hemisphere, cold outdoor spaces are overcome with frost, ice, and snow, and we find ourselves rushing from one heated indoor environment to the next, less willing or less able to stop and appreciate the natural world around us.

Apart from dragging a spruce or fir tree inside and dressing it up in yuletide costume, we tend to leave the real natural world to its own seasonal devices until it reemerges in Spring. However, by inviting the positive effects of plant life into our homes, we can improve both our mental health and the air we breathe by filling them with peace and joy all year round, not just at Christmas.

Bringing the Outside In: Life-Size Terrariums and Other Ways to Exhibit Nature in European Apartment Buildings - Image 1 of 4Bringing the Outside In: Life-Size Terrariums and Other Ways to Exhibit Nature in European Apartment Buildings - Image 2 of 4Bringing the Outside In: Life-Size Terrariums and Other Ways to Exhibit Nature in European Apartment Buildings - Image 3 of 4Bringing the Outside In: Life-Size Terrariums and Other Ways to Exhibit Nature in European Apartment Buildings - Image 4 of 4Bringing the Outside In: Life-Size Terrariums and Other Ways to Exhibit Nature in European Apartment Buildings - More Images+ 13

Foster + Partners Designs Model Village for Saudi Arabian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka

Foster + Partners has been selected to design the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pavilion for Expo 2025 Osaka. Positioned at the Yumeshima waterfront, the pavilion aims to evoke the essence of Saudi Arabian towns and cities while providing an engaging spatial experience. Overall, the design aims to immerse visitors through audio-visual elements and offer them a glimpse into the marvels of Saudi Arabia.

Using computational fluid dynamics simulations, the pavilion's structure was developed with inspiration from the organic forms of traditional Saudi villages. During the hot summer months, this strategy helps cool western winds flow through the city's streets. In addition, in the calmer months of April and October, the planted courtyard serves as a windbreak, protecting the pavilion from strong winds coming from the north.

Foster + Partners Designs Model Village for Saudi Arabian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka  - Image 1 of 4Foster + Partners Designs Model Village for Saudi Arabian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka  - Image 2 of 4Foster + Partners Designs Model Village for Saudi Arabian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka  - Image 3 of 4Foster + Partners Designs Model Village for Saudi Arabian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka  - Image 4 of 4Foster + Partners Designs Model Village for Saudi Arabian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka  - More Images+ 1

15 Brazilian Residences With Wooden Decks

Living in a tropical country means cherishing outdoor experiences, whether feeling the gentle breeze, connecting with nature, or basking in the sunlight. We have grown up with a cultural tradition of playing in our yards, gathering with family and friends on balconies, enjoying barbecues, or simply admiring the beautiful landscape. Numerous Brazilian residences integrate wooden decks for these purposes. They are versatile spaces that fulfill various functions.

15 Brazilian Residences With Wooden Decks - Image 1 of 415 Brazilian Residences With Wooden Decks - Image 2 of 415 Brazilian Residences With Wooden Decks - Image 3 of 415 Brazilian Residences With Wooden Decks - Image 4 of 415 Brazilian Residences With Wooden Decks - More Images+ 11

CHYBIK + KRISTOF Wins Competition to Design Primary School in Stará Boleslav, Czech Republic

CHYBIK + KRISTOF has just won an architectural competition to design the new primary school in Stara Boleslav in the Czech Republic. The school will allow up to 900 children from sixteen neighboring towns to attend. Furthermore, the design is based on a flexible methodology that will enable the school to change in the future to meet new demands. The building's green atrium opens views of the city's primary local and historical structures. Moreover, the school is designed to become an educational and cultural hub for the town and the neighboring public.

CHYBIK + KRISTOF Wins Competition to Design Primary School in Stará Boleslav, Czech Republic  - Featured ImageCHYBIK + KRISTOF Wins Competition to Design Primary School in Stará Boleslav, Czech Republic  - Image 1 of 4CHYBIK + KRISTOF Wins Competition to Design Primary School in Stará Boleslav, Czech Republic  - Image 2 of 4CHYBIK + KRISTOF Wins Competition to Design Primary School in Stará Boleslav, Czech Republic  - Image 3 of 4CHYBIK + KRISTOF Wins Competition to Design Primary School in Stará Boleslav, Czech Republic  - More Images+ 2

MVRDV Breaks Ground on New Mixed-Use Complex in Chengdu, China

Construction has begun at the last remaining empty sites in Chengdu’s Jiaozi Park Financial and Business District, where MVRDV has designed a complex comprised of three mixed-use office towers and a conference center united by a ring-shaped plinth. The building shape and functional structure are informed by its surrounding context, with a retail village that references the traditional structures that were once located on the site.

MVRDV Breaks Ground on New Mixed-Use Complex in Chengdu, China - Image 1 of 4MVRDV Breaks Ground on New Mixed-Use Complex in Chengdu, China - Image 2 of 4MVRDV Breaks Ground on New Mixed-Use Complex in Chengdu, China - Image 3 of 4MVRDV Breaks Ground on New Mixed-Use Complex in Chengdu, China - Image 4 of 4MVRDV Breaks Ground on New Mixed-Use Complex in Chengdu, China - More Images+ 5

Inner-City Schools Solving the Problems of Inner-City Architecture

I always consider myself fortunate to have grown up outside the city, where my ‘cross-country’ lessons, for example –national right of hardship for 11-16-year-olds– were through the actual countryside rather than the high street. For many children, however, modern school life is not so close to nature.

Already over-populated cities are continuing to expand, meaning more schools are suffering from the limitations presented by inner-city architecture including noise, air, and light pollution; a lack of space, especially green space; restrictive budgets and building regulations resistant to change.

With innovative and considered design solutions, however, these four inner-city schools show the rest of the class how to work through their architectural answers and provide quality, green spaces for all.

Henning Larsen Wins Competition for a New Urban Center for West Berlin

Henning Larsen has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of Kurfürstendamm 231, a new mixed-use urban development in western Berlin, Germany. Other finalists in the competition included Cobe, David Chipperfield, and Mäckler Architekten. The winning concept centers the neighborhood around an urban courtyard which acts as a large-scale meeting place for the local community. Nine buildings define the courtyard, including the existing Agrippina House, which is set to be rehabilitated through the project.

Henning Larsen Wins Competition for a New Urban Center for West Berlin - Image 1 of 4Henning Larsen Wins Competition for a New Urban Center for West Berlin - Image 2 of 4Henning Larsen Wins Competition for a New Urban Center for West Berlin - Image 3 of 4Henning Larsen Wins Competition for a New Urban Center for West Berlin - Image 4 of 4Henning Larsen Wins Competition for a New Urban Center for West Berlin - More Images+ 5

4 Social Housing Developments That Wrap Around Central Courtyards

There’s a lot of undeserved stigma surrounding social housing. Although many projects start off well enough with shiny ribbon-cutting photoshoots, the cameras move on and investment tends to dry up, and maintenance cut. A lack of suitable green spaces follows – due to low-maintenance, and eventually results in forgotten, isolated communities, eventually spiraling down the plughole of ghettoisation.

Although easily blamed, the architecture of high-rise social housing blocks is not the cause of the problem, but can instead be part of the solution. Building up instead of out still offers a sensible route through both the current housing and social crises – sharing space and resources.

Moreover, these four projects from across Europe show, integrating social housing developments around accessible courtyards of sustainable green space helps bring and keep communities together. 

What are the Interior Courtyards of Spanish Houses like? 10 Examples in Contemporary Architecture and Design

The origin of interior courtyards dates back several years, serving as a means of shelter, security, and protection, while also aiming to achieve comfort and well-being through exterior elements. In contemporary housing, a wide range of possibilities is deployed, capable of accommodating various uses and activities that foster the relationship between the interior and exterior environment. Furthermore, notions of energy efficiency, thermal regulation, ventilation, and natural lighting are incorporated, among others.

4 Residential Courtyards That Invite Nature Inside Through Glass

As summer in the Northern Hemisphere is inching ever closer and nature is rapidly responding to the increase in temperature, our desire to spend time outside (by ourselves and collectively) is growing at an equally fast pace. And although public parks are a great option for those of us who live in urban centers, the luxury of having one's very own, at-home access to nature cannot be overstated.

For residential projects in particular, gardens are the most common way of connecting with the natural world in this way. But, as these four examples show, courtyards can provide an equally satisfying window into changing seasons – and, when viewed through glass by way of patio doors, skylights, or frameless windows, can give us a glimpse of greenery from the weatherproof comfort of almost any room in the house.

Tube Houses: 15 Projects Reinterpreting the Narrow Vietnamese Residences

Walking down the streets of cities like Hanoi and Saigon in Vietnam, you might encounter houses with surprisingly narrow facades in contrast to the stacking of three to five floors, with windows for ventilation and natural light only on the front facade. These are the famous traditional Tube Houses. According to ancient popular culture, this type of housing emerged due to property taxes being based on the width of the facade, but the true reason is to optimize land use, allowing a larger number of plots in the same square.

However, this legacy is now being recreated in contemporary designs by Vietnamese architects. Old facades give way to innovative solutions featuring atriums for natural lighting and ventilation, courtyards and interior gardens, greenery incorporated into different environments, split-levels, etc., allowing for high-quality spaces. With that in mind, we have put together a selection of Tube Houses, together with their respective section drawings. Check out below:

Tube Houses: 15 Projects Reinterpreting the Narrow Vietnamese Residences  - Image 1 of 4Tube Houses: 15 Projects Reinterpreting the Narrow Vietnamese Residences  - Image 2 of 4Tube Houses: 15 Projects Reinterpreting the Narrow Vietnamese Residences  - Image 3 of 4Tube Houses: 15 Projects Reinterpreting the Narrow Vietnamese Residences  - Image 4 of 4Tube Houses: 15 Projects Reinterpreting the Narrow Vietnamese Residences  - More Images+ 27

Courtyards in Peruvian Houses: 10 Projects and their Floor Plans

With the exception of some areas, within the three principal regions of Peru--coastal, mountain, and rainforest--the climate is characterized as tropical or subtropical and the differences in summer and winter temperatures is minimal, rarely reaching beyond 15 °C and 27 °C. This mild climate has thinned the line between exterior and interior spaces, a fact evident in the region's architecture. 

Courtyards in Peruvian Houses: 10 Projects and their Floor Plans - Image 1 of 4Courtyards in Peruvian Houses: 10 Projects and their Floor Plans - Image 2 of 4Courtyards in Peruvian Houses: 10 Projects and their Floor Plans - Image 3 of 4Courtyards in Peruvian Houses: 10 Projects and their Floor Plans - Image 4 of 4Courtyards in Peruvian Houses: 10 Projects and their Floor Plans - More Images+ 16

Sliding Doors in Houses with Interior Courtyards

 | Sponsored Content

Interior courtyards can be found in various types of traditional architectures around the world, especially in warmer climates. They can be classified as introverted, safe, and even sacred spaces in some cultures. They can also be gathering places and, above all, provide greater contact with nature while providing light and ventilation to home interiors. To properly design these spaces and create a functional relationship between the inside of a house and its courtyard, it is important to use appropriate doors and openings. In this article we highlight 5 projects that use sliding glass doors for the seamless integration of both spaces.