Courtyard Gardens Around the World

Courtyard gardens, with their sense of intimacy and security, have influenced home design from ancient China to modern America. Green architects have recently rediscovered the benefits of courtyard design - a central open space provides a home or building with natural daylighting and cross-ventilation. If you're lucky enough to have your own courtyard, or if you just fantasize about owning one, we've rounded up a few examples from across the globe...

FIRST ROW
1 David and James' Modern Courtyard Garden, Minneapolis
2 Westminster Presbyterian Church Courtyard, Minneapolis
3 Marrakech Riad in Morocco from Light Locations
4 Communal Courtyard in Sweden from Alvhem Estate Agents
5 Narrow Courtyard from Australia via Normal Room

SECOND ROW
6 British Courtyard Garden via Normal Room
7 Stone Courtyard from France
8 Irish Courtyard Garden from Premier Cottages
9 New Orleans Courtyard
10 Courtyard at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii

(Photos: David and James, Paul Crosby, Light Locations, Alvhem, JB via Normal Room, Fatal via Normal Room, Premier Cottages, Maison de Village, Flickr member glass window via Creative Commons License, Flickr member LFL16 via Creative Commons License)