This project is a nine- house complex in a village-like setting that reinforces the sense of neighborhood and gives identity to a rather busy artery in Berkeley. To achieve privacy and security, entry to each house is located through two courtyards. The use of stucco and pitched roof exterior is to blend with the existing neighborhood in scale and in form. The spatial quality and ambience of these houses are modern, achieved through the modulation of unusual ceiling heights and interlocking spaces. These houses might appear “traditional” in an urban sense yet elicit an elements of surprise not perceived from the outside.