The clients of this project approached AWA to design a “guest house” on the adjacent lot to theirs for her parents who live abroad for half the year. The program called for a streamlined 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath house with a full basement. The new house would be part of the larger context but be able to stand on its own. The design centered around an exterior courtyard with all spaces opening up to the outdoors while maintaining privacy toward the street. The aesthetic language used took cues from the existing Mediterranean house next door but was infused with a more rigorous modern sensibility.