Series 4 Episode 1
10PM Tue 22 April 2014

City slickers Glen and Kate were delighted when they found 19 windswept acres near the seaside town of Inverloch on Victoria's south coast, where they intend to opt out for a simpler lifestyle.

The plan for their new house was for something completely untested: a design based on a barchan sand dune - an arc-shaped sand ridge.

The idea for the shape came first, conceived not from the floor up but from the form down, and that meant working out a floor plan to fit the crescent shape.

Inside, seven free-standing rammed earth walls separate the spaces and help to support a 'ring-beam' of super-strong laminated timber that encircles the entire perimeter and props up a grand vaulted ceiling.

This is an adventurous and challenging undertaking, and the couple face many compromises as they build what is quickly dubbed 'the UFO house'.

Experiments by their very nature are often open-ended and costly, and this one is no exception.

Will Glen and Kate get through this complex and difficult construction to realise their original concept, or will they be forced to trim and modify because curves simply cost too much?

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Peter Maddison presents the Australian version of the architecture show that follows intrepid individuals as they try to design and construct the home of their dreams

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