High Street is a minimalist house located in Melbourne, Australia, designed by Alta Architecture. The orientation of the site pre-determines that the dwelling’s backyard would be overshadowed by the dwelling itself. Therefore while not challenging the backyard’s role as the main outdoor space, the basic approach was to introduce a sizeable courtyard in the middle of the block, which would one, create a central outdoor activity space that feeds back into the interior for connection/view/light/ventilation, and two, add another north facing interface for the project.