The house is a protected enclave configured around a shared, central courtyard. The volumes are contained by brick perimeter walls, which shelter the shared garden and keep it private. 

The planning of the main house takes advantage of the site's aspect. Living is oriented to the northern sun, while sleeping rooms face east. Deep reveals to the west provide further shading.

Gathering is at the heart of this home, with an indoor-outdoor dining space extending into the courtyard. This space is ideal for entertaining extended family, and can be easily shared between both dwellings.