Guest post by Sridhar – Courtyards in Urban Spaces

On behalf of the two wonderful men who are behind us with their unstinting support, Sridhar (Rekha’s husband), is here with our concluding anniversary post. Sridhar is a practicing architect in Bangalore and uses trademark design elements, usually stone cladding, courtyards and architectural columns in most of his projects. So we found it appropriate to ask him to do a post on courtyards in interiors. Read on….
– The Keybunch Team
Guest post by Sridhar on thekeybunch anniversary

It has been a great year and I have truly enjoyed reading The Keybunch ever since its inception. Congratulations on the completion of a wonderful 1st year. It’s my privilege to be a guest writer on your anniversary, thanks for inviting me to do a guest post.

A Courtyard is an environment-friendly structure that speaks an aesthetic language in which nature is reinstated as a beneficent force in architecture. In it, the outdoor space is enclosed within the interior volume and involves almost all the green principles that occupy a great deal of discussion in architecture.

Residences without central courtyards can be planned for any diversity of plot dimensions, houses with lateral (sided) courtyards are similar in nature to central courtyard houses. However they differ in terms of the actual use of the courtyard as a living space.

In most cases I’ve found that creating an independent source of height in front of courtyard walls and /or in corners can create a 3d effect. In a sense, it makes the independent element a focal point while using the decorated walls as a backdrop or framework. Framing an element this way helps create depth of boundary behind that element.

Some good elements to use are small trees with tall trunks, tall pots, pots on stands, groups of pots, trellis works, and decor accessories.

The color of your walls also makes a big difference in the depth, atmosphere, and mood of the courtyard garden. Bright and light colors have a closed-in feel while darker colors add more depth and a sense of more space and distance.

I was unable to get hold of pictures of my other projects due to time constraints, probably the second anniversary post if invited, will have more. – Sridhar


  1. Thank you Sridhar! Lovely writeup and pics:) We are happy to have you contribute:)

    Sharon (and Rekha) 😉

  2. Thanks Shridhar for this wonderful article which is quite in relation with the concept of going green, the prevailing mantra these days. I have been more of an observer this past year, letting the professionals do their jobs and marveling at their work, fascinated time and again by the ideas on display. Hats off to Sharon and Rekha for doing a fabulous job and keeping their readers both in India and around the world enthralled and wanting for more. This is but a small milestone in your creative path of sharing of this interesting subject and I have no doubts you will delight as you have always.

  3. Great post. I love courtyards and these modern versions are a great example of utility and aesthetics.

  4. That is an awesome post. The choice of interior decoration with the kind of architecture show in the pics is one of the most impressive I have seen! Good work Shridhar. Look forward for more of such innovation coming your way and I take this opportunity to thank 'The Keybunch' folks to get such great people write guest posts here.

  5. Excellent post!! I just love courtyards!! There is so much to learn from this post. The words of an expert in his field. Thank you for sharing this post.

  6. wow!! i love the ideas!
    pics look amazing!

    found you via Mohan's blog!

  7. wonderful blog ya..congrats..and best wishes

  8. Great post…especially love the last two pics…

  9. u guys always come up with such interestin articles,..:-)
    will be waitoin for the next post…

  10. Wonderful pictures, though the orange-yellow one has more of a commercial look to it. There was a house I saw recently in Bangalore with the old style Tamil 'mitham' in it. Mithams were primarily meant for getting sunlight in the house.

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