The courtyard is an expression of exterior perhaps more obvious than elsewhere; a lowlight window giving a glimpse of tufted garden beyond, a rooflight offering blue sky while streaming sun into the dining area, a second storey window, filtered for privacy along with exterior cladding pointing to the sky. Not only are these portals that force consideration of the external condition, but thresholds that constantly raise the idea that inside, is indeed separate to outside. Inner-city Melbourne is more so becoming an urban environment of increased density. Tighter land parcels, less private space and greater public amenity all increase the effort required to seek solitude and an earthen attachment. The home responds to this bigger context by converging abstractions of the larger surround-
ing environment, a possible model of achieving connection to elemental trends within a man-made setting. By distancing, abstracting and limiting oneself from the external world, you grow to appreciate its subtlety and nuance, and are forced on reflection to appreciate the constant flux outside even if you canâ€™t directly see it. These junction elements become the focus of the home, a counterpoint to the inside spaces almost bereft of ornamentation - precious jewels in the broader sense of the whole, reflecting and glinting more and more as you inspect and coalesce further into them.
Published on Dec 11, 2011