The site was not suitable for building an underground car park. So we raised one end of the building on stilts, thereby creating a covered, street-level car park at its base. The car park floor dips about one-third of the way in, expanding the space into a semi-sunken, double-height section that accommodates, among other things, the reception and staff canteen, which allowed us to keep these functions immediately accessible from the street. We lowered the other end of the building, which overlooks the open air car park, to make the visual connection with the building’s surroundings more immediate. Raising one end and lowering the other lent the building a distinctive “tilted” profile.