Photography by Peter Bennetts


Strathmore - Courtyard House


A low-profile building, Courtyard House represents a structural shift from the local built environment; an intriguing blur in the pattern of gable-roof constructions. Set back into its site, the concrete residence embraces its curious contextual standing, cultivating a sense of privacy whilst opening its grounds to the natural northern sunlight. The façade is guarded by an imposing concrete fence that – through unity of material – appears as if to interlock with the house itself, leaving only a singular room within view of the street. Upon approach, the architecture of Courtyard House outlines a sequence of 90 degree turns that leads residents from the footpath to the main entry of the home – the process serves to introduce the idea of connectivity, which defines the residential experience.