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Modern Asian Courtyard Design

Part-cutting edge modern, part Asian fusion, part Craftsman, this home challenges established ideas about residential design.

Because this site lacked traditional front and back yards, architects and homeowners Christine Ho Ping Kong and Peter Tan ingeniously organized the layout around a central courtyard. Their inspiration was the intimate courtyard houses they'd spotted on their travels to Europe, Asia and India, which they admired for their easy flow between indoors and out. "The courtyards are the heart and soul of the house," say the homeowners.

Watch a video tour of this award-winning house.

  • Photographer: Rob Fiocca
  • Source: House & Home January 2009 issue
  • Products: Grey sandstone, Beaver Valley Stone; landscape installation (poles along the wall), Fung Lee; bowl, Martha Sturdy.
  • Designer: Christine Ho Ping Kong & Peter Tan

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