The site is defined by a distinctive wedge shape, with close neighbours on two sides. A further challenge came in the form of a flood control, which required the building to be raised 1.5m above ground.  
In contrast to a conventional architectural response – which might lift the house up on stilts - Three Piece House is placed on a solid brick base. This elevates the building above the flood plain and lends it an unexpected feeling of heft and permanence. The resulting place feels anchored, despite being battered by coastal weather.