Melburnian architecture firm Studio Edwards‘ insertion of two internal courtyard gardens into the existing fabric of a small and narrow urban house might at first seem counterintuitive. With limited indoor space, does it make sense to give up more to the garden?
Oh yes. Designed to distribute daylight and ventilation evenly through the difficult-to-reach areas of a long and narrow (13 by 75 feet) former worker’s cottage in Fitzroy, Melbourne, the two garden courtyards pull off a difficult feat. Large glass doors create better air circulation and rooms with a view. The effect is to make indoor spaces seem more connected and bigger than they are. Clever and ingenious? We think so.
Photographs by Fraser Marsden courtesy of Studio Edwards.
Intrigued by the power of a courtyard to transform a house? For more of our favorite courtyard gardens, see Garden Visit: Andrea Cochran’s Courtyard Vignettes.