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November 20, 2021

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Courtyard House by Ha Architecture is a Japanese inspired home, presented as a merging of heritage and contemporary design. The home’s streetscape heritage overlay allowed the existing home façade to be maintained: it was restored and repaired to its original condition, including the original windows. Internally, a meeting of contemporary and traditional principles imbues the space with a tranquil charm – a quiet space of reflection and rest.

Inside the Japanese inspired home, Courtyard House is centred around its internal courtyard. The brief required an adaption of contemporary Japanese architecture and lifestyle ideologies, with a focus on outdoor spaces and passive design principles. The entryway is intimate, instilled with ambient light and an immediate saturation of timber. This sensory experience allows Courtyard House to emerge as a Japanese inspired home, propelled by an inherent sustainability that underpins the very fabric of the project. Windows frame backdrops of bamboo and showcase selected stone features, creating a constant discourse between the internal and external spaces. The landscape orientation, as well as vantage points, play a considered role in the architecture.

As a Japanese inspired home, Courtyard House reflects simplicity and asymmetry, while its textured timber interior breathes a warmth and tactile quality to the space. The timber screens that encase the courtyard are both reminiscent of classic and contemporary Japanese design. They provide sun shading and the opportunity to control light: with the windows open and the shutters closed, the breeze filters indoors while promoting cross ventilation and sun protection. As a Japanese inspired home, the screens also interact with the space in a distinctive dance of shadow play. The physical interaction with the screens becomes part of the daily ritual within the space, an experience that connects its residents to the materials.

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Architecture & Interior Design by Ha Architecture.
Photography by Tom Ross.
Build by Locbuild.
Landscape Design by Kihara Landscapes.
Styling by Jess Kneebone.
Filmed and Edited by Dan Preston.
Production by The Local Project.

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