The shape of this courtyard home sprang from the idea of creating a central location where the owner could keep an eye on her kids. The kitchen became the house control center, similar to the all-seeing tower of a Panopticon. From that central space, the three outdoor courts, along with the den and the living room, are all clearly visible.
Energy costs are extremely low thanks to geothermal wells, radiant heat, and earth-sheltered construction. Although the building assembly process was deeply challenging, construction of this earth-sheltered courtyard house is finally substantially complete.