Platypus Bend House is named after the elusive resident of the verdant creek that snakes through this quintessential Australian bush site of 35 acres. The existing clearing was the size of a football field and prone to occasional but significant flooding during seasonal tropical downpours. The house was raised entirely off the ground on steel struts. The resulting cantilever gives the house its characteristic floating effect. Entirely self-sustaining, water is collected in rainwater tanks and solar panels provide power. Perforated steel lines the expansive decks, creating a beautiful interplay of light and reflection. Platypus Bend House offers its inhabitants a contemporary, strong and resolute haven that harmonises with the Australian bush that envelops it.