The client and the Portales designer had a difference in opinion with the concept at the beginning of the project. After our designer explained the need to utilize the land mass to insulate the house due to the absence of a municipal power supply, then the client started opening up to the idea of a different approach. The designer’s concept was to emulate an ancient ruin disappearing into the side of a mountain that borders an olive orchard. The sustainability requirement in this remote locale would actually aid in all the design decisions. Focus on community would also prove to be very important and also aid in many of the design decisions since the structure would double as an agricultural hub for employees and vendors. The courtyard layout would provide a community eating area for employees and also represent the XYZ design concepts, enabling the Y axis portal to the sky. The rooftop terrace would demonstrate the X axis portal which gave the client 360 degrees of mountain and territorial vistas.