An elevated courtyard is the integral cog in the working of this unique 570 square metre residence in Saphan Sung, Thailand, designed by architectural team WARchitect. WIth landscaping by Ginggaanbai, the central courtyard connects all of the interior spaces and constructs universal garden views. Although this lush space is the heart of the home, it’s a panoramic lake view that formed the main priority of this project. The house has been creatively layered like an amphitheater to increase the range of visual contact, with the upper level looking down through the lower with minimal obstruction of the vista. From the lakeside, living room, gaze glides peacefully up to bedrooms over the steps of planted terraces.