The Sunken Courtyard House
The sunken courtyard house prototype aims to bring the Asian concept of inviting nature inside a house into a western urban setting. This is achieved by sinking parts of the side and backyards, creating private courtyards from the nature surrounding the house. The large openings of the house connect the sunken courtyards to the tight interior space, overcoming the spatial constraints of the narrow lot. Layers of screens maintain privacy from neighbors while still allowing nature the pass in the form of light and shadows.