A contemporary design developed around a traditional interior courtyard

South Bay Contemporary

For our second project for an architecturally-savvy client, we were requested to develop a contemporary design around a traditional interior courtyard.

A large cutout in a south-facing decorative wood rainscreen wall allows for ample light to flood the courtyard throughout the day, bringing both sunshine and ever-changing shadow to the interior of the house.

At the Owner’s request, bedroom sizes were kept small so that the site’s floor area budget could be allocated to generous lower and upper level common areas.



  • Scope of Work: New single family construction of 4 BR, 3.5 BA house of 2,950 s.f. living area and 465.7 s.f. garage area and 32 s.f. porch totaling 2,982 s.f. on a total site area of 6,708 s.f.
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Project Cost: $1,000,001 – $1,500,000 
  • Location: San Jose, CA


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