Situated around a central courtyard, the Helen Street House is a small piece of nature in the middle of downtown Seattle. At the heart of the urban dwelling is a heavily landscaped patio. The U-shaped design allows for the garden to be the focal point no matter where you are in the home. Sliding glass doors in the main living area open the interior to the outdoors, while also flooding the interior with natural light and affording views of the landscape. Although naturally weathered cedar planks and reclaimed timbers add a rustic element to the exterior facade, the contemporary form complements the city setting.