IN MOSMAN, its unusual to find a site with no particular views to speak of. The design of these apartments was then focused on the possibilities that the architecture and the landscape could provide to its residents from within the site. Based around a courtyard and a series of ponds each apartment responds to a more intimate relationship between the inside and outside spaces. Controlled internal views through the courtyard are used to create vistas where none existed, but also to layer rooms. This together with the idea of ‘joinery as walls‘, materials, finishes, colour and texture heighten the living experience. Highly efficient planning allowed the project to maximise permissible planning controls and result in a design with no objections from the 120 neighbours notified.