Situated in York, on the shoulder of Mount Brown, the site for this project is steeply undulating with a rock and clay soil typology. The project team assisted the client with positioning of the house on the site to take advantage of the expansive views of Mount Bakewell to the north. The site was deliberately cut to enable the front edge of the house to carefully float out alongside a lichen covered granite rock outcrop to the north and to define a protected private garden space between the house and the cut to the south. Careful orientation enables good passive solar control, minimising the impact of hot summers, cold winters and strong westerly winds experienced in York. Designed as a retirement home for a recently retired couple the project includes a guest wing for their visiting friends and family to enjoy. The combined living, dining and kitchen area becomes a zone for the family and visitors to come together.