This project involves the re-organisation and interior design of a mid-twentieth century courtyard house in Bayside Melbourne. The existing house provided an inspiring departure point for a design which draws on the late modernist houses of California. The aim was to exploit the transparency through the house and site afforded by the courtyard plan, to amplify the close relationship of interior and exterior space and to emphasise a sense of calm and refuge by a restricted neutral palette. Flexibility in the plan is afforded by large cavity sliding doors, sometimes faced in mirror to confuse the enfilade of the plan. The austerity of the minimalist form and expression is countered by the extensive use of American Oak for warmth and travertine for texture.