The existing clutter of rooms and corridors was reorganized into a clean and continuous open plan of formally defined rooms for the public areas. Connecting the main floor to the new ground level is a translucent central stair, which wraps around an indoor bamboo planting, and is lighted by a skylight above. Vertically integrating the two stories strengthens the connection to the rear yard. The exterior is a collage of wood and stucco. Distant and intimate views from various parts of the house to the outside are maximized and contrasted.