The Courtyard Residence by FGR Architects

A low-rise form with layered volumes, the Courtyard Residence is an intriguing assembly of concrete and glass whilst its interior celebrates a warm materiality. Designed by FGR Architects, this contemporary home adopts a classic Mediterranean model of a central courtyard, its water oasis reflecting light and contrast across its muted surfaces, polished concrete and restrained material palette.

The Courtyard Residence resembles a rectangular origami of concrete and glass. The project’s ambition is a design of calm expression, heightened experience and seamless function. Concrete geometry and bespoke glass apertures deliver privacy and prismatic delight. An understated street elevation with implied, layered volumes realises a heightened sense of intrigue and wonder. If the streetscape view is largely private, the interiors bloom poetically with warm materiality.

A low-rise form adopting the classic Mediterranean model of a central courtyard, the house thrives on external privacy and internal experience. Moments of stillness and exuberance exist throughout.

Water as a wellspring is the focus of the courtyard as oasis. Reflection and delight are contrasted by the monumental energy of matte and polished concrete. Muted surfaces celebrate a sophisticated rawness throughout supported by the evolving dance of light, shadow and reflection. A restrained material palette, notably selected timbers and fine steel windows contribute nuance and elegance.

Despite its heroic elements, the house transcends its gallery-like scale and functions as a series of beautifully proportioned living spaces. Flexible options for opening and closing interiors with sliding glass walls makes for an immersive connection with pool, courtyard and sunlight. Equally the house can be closed down as required to mediate harsh weather and optimize thermal performance.

Concrete walls and overhangs are incorporated for shade and shelter. This design vocabulary of burnished, creamy, concrete finishes flows inside to out often appearing almost luminous in its sculptural force.

Principal living spaces radiate from the courtyard yet offer delight whether fully open to the courtyard, or as discrete spaces. Offering serenity – with plenty of scope for exuberance and play – the Courtyard Residence offers inspired scope for family living.

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