The brief for the home specified an “idyllic, minimalist sanctuary”. There was to be abundant natural light, a palpable connection to nature, and an unyielding sense of refuge. This aspiration manifests in the zen-like courtyard, where the rest of the home is centred, both physically and spiritually. In the middle of the courtyard stands two Japanese Maple trees, symbols of balance and peace. The planning maximises courtyard views through operable timber screens and cladding, which can be adjusted for changing light and climatic conditions.