The Courtyard Prefab House draws upon the traditions of the Australian rural home. It reinterprets the iconic Australian veranda and garden as mediating elements that encourage a more engaged relationship to the land.
The verandah is enlarged to become an outdoor room for living and dining. The house is wrapped around a courtyard garden to provide protection, while bringing light and views of the garden into the daily experience of the house.
The organisation of flexible living areas around the garden also provides an unexpected sense of space in a building normally dictated by narrow proportions.