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would have been impracticable. It’s the first time that’s happened to me.” This interplay between architect and client needed to resolve a major challenge – the site fell 11.5m from the road that wraps around two sides of the site. “The house is designed to float over the site, touching it lightly and allowing the natural slope to remain, while making the most of the rainforest views.” This was achieved by dividing the house into two independent structures. At the top is a two-storey, L-shaped living and Pr eceding pages: Transparency and an industrial aesthetic are two key factors apparent in the living spaces of this new home designed by John Bulcock of Design Unit. But this is no rough and ready industrial interpretation. Everything was precision designed to give a very ordered effect. Above and left: Sitting on a site that falls 11.5m from the road behind, the house is composed of two distinct structures. An exposed stainless steel block containing living and bedroom areas floats above the site at road level while, lower down the site, an off-form concrete structure with a green roof houses an art gallery and cinema. search | save | share at