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Hidden in a small valley in the inner western suburbs of Brisbane is this architectural gem. You wouldn’t know it, but there are neighbours all around, none of whom can see into this secret subtropical retreat. However, it wasn’t always like this.

The site has undergone a significant transformation under the hand of Will Marcus, principal of ARGO. “It was a steeply sloping, dry, rocky piece of land that fed into a dry gully,” says Will of the site when he first saw it. “Mature eucalypts covered the property and their phytotoxins had effectively poisoned the soil, which prevented anything other than sparse grasses and bramble from growing.” Needless to say, it was uninviting and barren — a vast contradiction to how the site appears now.

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