A centrally placed courtyard works to "bring people together" in Andrea and Ted Heid's forest-bound home in Aurora, Oregon. By using low energy glass, the space also helps increase the home's overall thermal insulation.
The Heids incorporated mostly native plants into the courtyard, which Andrew designed as an ovoid decagon. The George Nelson Platform bench is from Design Within Reach. Solarban low-e glass improves insulation. The layout, says Andrew, is meant to “bring people together.”