Adam Richards Architects were asked to propose designs for four houses for this development in the Czech republic. The houses pin-wheel around a central, shared courtyard, focused on an oak tree as a symbolic communal centre. Each house has an asymmetrical stepped profile, and when rotated in plan each appears different to its neighbour, from which it is separated by a wall culminating in four private lychgates at the site boundary. The ground floor of each house has a formal sitting-room linked to a large open plan kitchen/dining space with a strong central axis. The houses rise to form a tower at one end, offering views to the surrounding landscape, and giving the buildings a dramatic silhouette.