Proposed features/courtyard

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Overview of the courtyard of the Great Mosque of Kairouan.jpg
Residenz5, München.jpg
Status: Proposed (under way)
Proposed by: Fkv
Tagging: man_made=courtyard
Applies to: Node Area
Definition: an area enclosed by a building
Rendered as: usually only name and/or ref
Drafted on: 2015-03-06


A courtyard is an area open to the sky and horizontally (completely or to the most part) enclosed by buildings.

Alternative keys such as landuse=*, leisure=*, place=* or building:part=* do not really match this, see the thread "courtyards" in the tagging mailinglist. man_made=* seems best suited, because a courtyard is man made (as opposed to natural). Just as man_made=cutline, a courtyard is a a clear space and defined by its surroundings.

How to Map

  • Quick mapping: Create a node in the middle of the courtyard.
  • Exact mapping: Draw the enclosed area, or the area to which the name applies. It is permitted to include arcades, making the courtyard overlap with the building.

Then, set man_made=courtyard and attributes such as name=*.

If the courtyard is not at the outer ground level of the building, add level=*.


Depends on the additional tags. The courtyard should be labelled with name=* or ref=* if present.

Courtyards that are part of the building polygon (because level is >0) should be outlined or rendered in a different tone than the rest of the building.

Useful Combinations



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