Court­yard Liv­ing: Con­tem­po­rary Houses of the Asia-Pa­cific

by Char­maine Chan (Thames & Hud­son)

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While the term ‘court­yard house' might con­jure a par­tic­u­lar ty­pol­ogy, au­thor and for­mer South China Morn­ing Post de­sign ed­i­tor Char­maine Chan con­sid­ers it more in terms of the ‘con­cep­tual and amor­phous as well as visual and func­tional', al­low­ing her to fo­cus on a more con­tem­po­rary se­lec­tion of homes — in this case in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion. This beau­ti­ful vol­ume fea­tures 25 such court­yard homes, which are ap­pro­pri­ately given plenty of space to breathe, with com­pre­hen­sive photo treat­ments along­side plans and sub­stan­tive com­men­tary.

The re­gional fo­cus be­comes man­i­fest in the cat­e­gories into which the homes are di­vided. One chap­ter deals with in­tro­verted homes in built-up ar­eas, an­other with multi­gen­er­a­tional dwellings; there are homes with sight­lines con­nect­ing them to their ge­ogra­phies, oth­ers in which the court­yard pro­vides es­sen­tial light and ven­ti­la­tion to me­di­ate the nat­u­ral or built en­vi­ron­ment, and some that tran­scend the out­side-in cliché in con­tem­po­rary riffs on Trop­i­cal Mod­ernism.

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