Compact Courtyard Housing: A Guide to Urban Building Type
J. Cremers, P. Bonfig
Triest Verlag, 2021
The courtyard house, a type of building that harks back thousands of years, is being reinterpreted as a module for high-density, heterogeneous urban districts. The “Compact Courtyard House”, generally with three closed exterior walls, takes up only very little space. With three to five storeys and up to four dwelling units, it can replace detached houses and even conventional residential buildings. The outside space that ordinary buildings need as spacing between each other is incorporated into “Compact Courtyard Houses” as courtyard space protected from outside viewing. This books presents different types and variations for sites of different sizes and proportions. All can be readily combined to create urban ensembles and districts.