The plan for this complex house is surprisingly simple, but the walls and roofs bend and deform to reflect the path (and light) of the sun – and the slats add creative character that is neither accidentally abstract nor whimsically artistic.

Australian architecture firm Harrison and White used computer models to create pre-construction simulations that traced the path of daylight from sunup to sundown, and every place in between.

Reverse-shading techniques were used to project lighting conditions throughout the day and place angles, slopes and spaces accordingly both inside and out.

Between these solar-inspired choices and privacy-related design decisions, the final result is a complicated object that stands apart in an otherwise traditional neighborhood, but that also shapes exterior patio, porch, deck and balcony spaces to balance views, greenery and seclusion in a densely-built area.

For the price tag (less than a half-million dollars), it is really quite surprising how much complexity the builders were able to accomplish. Many architects have rule-of-thumb approaches that limit odd angles to one-per-project, while this one has more on a single side than you can easily count.