2014 - 2018

A relatively flat platform to the streets edge then falls a dramatic 19m down to the Brisbane River beyond. This platform became the starting point for the design, requiring a compact plan type to not only avoid unnecessary costs in managing a steep site but to preserve the integrity of the natural terrain surrounding the river's edge.

This early constraint meant adopting a plan type where no space is idle, to minimise potentially 'dead' space by giving function to circulation space. Locating the stair at the centre of the plan spits the occupant directly into independent rooms at each landing. Oversized landings become 'rooms' - whether they perform as entry foyer or informal study.


What is classified as a two storey home might also be construed as five split levels; a utility level, a level for entertaining, a level for quiet, a level for the master suite, a level for sleeping.


Photography by Toby Scott