The brief for Courtyard House 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 was manifested through a 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 views of the courtyard through operable timber screens and cladding, which can be adjusted for changing light and climatic conditions.