A courtyard offers the following qualities to a space:
Light: Natural light can be used to naturally heat your home during cooler months. Courtyards help to drink in natural light and they are not just suited for south facing orientations. North light also works well to vastly increase natural lighting levels, reducing the dependency on artificial lighting. With courtyards we can get much needed light to the middle spaces within a building. By breaking up the layout of the house by introducing a courtyard, natural light can penetrate into the surrounding rooms.