The difference in levels between the front and back of the site created opportunities for a basement with entry directly from the main road, an elevated guest suite with a private garden and separate access from the rear and a first storey living space that has visual privacy from the main road.
There are two entries to the main level: a homecoming one through the basement hallway, and the contemplative access via a series of garden steps flanked by ponds and planters.
The L-shape form of the house provides a natural enclosure to a courtyard-like garden enclosed by high retaining walls at the side and rear. The L-shape form also means that every room and corridor has openings to the external.
The living, dining and kitchen spaces form an open area across the front width of the house, spilling out onto patios and the garden. This open living area is where the families and friends gather.
A central air-well with full-height louvred windows encourages natural ventilation through the four levels of the house. This keeps the house cool whilst there is no worry about rain penetration.
The guest room at the rear of the second storey opens onto a patio and garden which has a stairway to the back-gate. This back-gate connects the house to the road at the rear.
The highest point of the house is the attic-cum-roof terrace which has a panoramic view of the city. This roof terrace is lined with planters which serve as vegetable farming plots.