Why live in an apartment with an interior patio in Gibraltar?
Interior courtyards are characterized by being uncovered areas located inside houses and buildings, commonly delimited by walls or walls, and have a drainage system to evacuate rainwater. They also make efficient use of electrical energy and, in addition, allow the regulation of temperatures.
A house with an interior patio increases the quality of life and comfort of the people who live in it, so if you are interested in living in this type of property, we recommend you continue reading to learn more about its benefits.
Nowadays, the courtyard house is becoming very popular again, and both architects and homeowners have begun to appreciate its great advantages.
The earliest examples of courtyard houses date back to 3,000 BC. There are ancient examples in Chinese, Greek, and Roman culture of this type of housing.
Its origins respond to issues of shelter and security and the need to take advantage of the elements of the external environment to make the interior spaces of the house more comfortable. In other words, a little piece of nature was brought inside the house, with all the benefits that this brings us.
These “ancient principles” that gave rise to the Interior courtyard, which have a lot of common sense, are the same that today are disclosed in what is known as bioclimatic design. Bioclimatic design is nothing more than designing using common sense.
We can say then that the Interior Courtyard is a space capable of climatically regulating a house, making it more comfortable and energetically more efficient.
We could say that there are basically 3 simple elements that make up an Interior Courtyard:
- Rainwater drains
From these 3 simple elements, other elements can be added, in order to give the interior patio a more specific use.
Once the interior patio is built, the use and decoration will depend on the lifestyle of each person.
A house with an interior patio increases the quality of life of those who live there since it incorporates an open and social space, which usually becomes the center of your home.
The 5 Great Advantages of an apartment with an interior courtyard
The benefits of living in an apartment with an interior courtyard are both in terms of quality of life and comfort as well as energy efficiency and thermal regulation of the house.
We could also say that living in an apartment with an interior courtyard is synonymous with having a healthy home, as it stimulates the use of an open space and meeting space and manages to generate a more comfortable indoor microclimate.
Communication and articulation between spaces
The patio as an articulating space of the house is an efficient resource both in terms of energy and socialization. The interior patio becomes the space that organizes the other rooms of the house.
But regardless of the location of the interior patio, it will be an important element, which communicates, connect and distribute the other spaces of the house.
As well as connecting, the interior patios also divide, that is to say, they have the capacity to separate 2 spaces or rooms of the house, achieving more privacy and generating an “intermediate” zone for public use.
Natural ventilation is a passive cooling strategy (without using any type of energy subsidy) highly recommended and efficient, especially for climates where there are hot temperatures, as occurs in the summers of Gibraltar.
It consists of the strategic placement of openings, doors, or windows that allow air circulation between the interior spaces of the house or apartment. A home with an interior patio already has, so to speak, an important element to generating natural ventilation.
The inner courtyard is like a large space that will regulate the ventilation inside the home since the wind remains stable with a continuous direction even though it is very variable outside.
The inner courtyard will be in charge of distributing the ventilation in each of the spaces around it.
Privileging the entrance of natural light into your home is a way to ensure and increase your quality of life. Natural light is health
The interior patio, in general, privileges the entrance of zenithal light. That is light coming from the sky, perpendicular to the ground.
The zenithal lighting has particular characteristics since it is direct, natural light. And it has the capacity to generate very particular spaces, ephemeral, and very stimulating in some cases.
The patio as a bioclimatic strategy
The interior patio is an excellent bioclimatic regulator. It is as if you had an “air tube” inside your house. It has the ability to generate a very comfortable indoor micro-climate where the temperature can decrease up to 3°C during the hottest hours of the day and at the same time delay heat loss when temperatures outside are lower.
We can then consider the inner courtyard as a passive climate control device.
Contact with nature
A house with an interior courtyard provides the best conditions to generate an interior natural space.
It can be decorated with plants and you can also condition it to be a meeting space, so you can place outdoor chairs and tables.
Apartment with interior patio in Gibraltar
CENTURY 21 GIBRALTAR has at your disposal an apartment with an inner courtyard in the modern building Kings Wharf Quay 27. This impressive building sits right at the water’s edge and its modern apartments have been designed to make the most of the light and the spectacular views. It is within walking distance of the city center and the Europort commercial district.
King’s Wharf Quay provides easy access to local schools. Governor’s Meadow Pre-school & First School, and Bishop Fitzgerald Middle School are within a 10-minute walk.
This apartment is located on the ground floor with a large private patio. Plenty of light from the west-facing views. Access to amenities such as a swimming pool located on the same floor and a communal gym. Viewing is highly recommended.