The courtyard house utilizes exterior space to set up functional and spatial relationships while dealing with the limitations of space and privacy on an exposed site. The plan is arranged about a set of openings and courtyards that mediate between spaces and intend to capitalize on the exterior as an extension of the interior. Exploiting the horizontal plane, deep continuous surfaces and large extents of glass, the aim is to dematerialize boundaries between the two conditions. Around each of the roof openings, functions are arranged into ‘sets’ or ‘families,’ making sense of related activities and sequences. Within the pairing of these programs, formal relationships provide the sense of spatial organization, while enabling a seemingly random arrangement of openings throughout the house.