The site overlooking the Mornington Peninsula is approached by a long winding drive through an established vineyard. On approach, the house gives little away, presenting an abstract, modest façade as it appears from behind a break in a large hedge.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view © Peter Bennetts
A restrained palette of textures and colours echo the burnt timbers and sun-bleached earth of a harsh Australian environment, contrasting against the verdant manicured vineyard. The bold charcoal and off-white exterior gives way to a warmer more neutral interior palette to complement the client’s substantial art collection.
▼顶视图，top view © Peter Bennetts
▼大胆的炭黑色和米白色外观，bold charcoal and off-white appearance © Jean Luc Laloux
▼深色带状水池，dark strip of water © Jean Luc Laloux
▼木制凉棚，减少日晒，timber pergolas，mediating sunlight © Jean Luc Laloux
Entering between tall earth walls, a long corridor curves beyond view as the timber ceiling drops into the distance. Upon reaching the lowest point of the corridor, large windows slice through the earth walls to reveal a dramatic view south across the vines to the ocean beyond, to the north a dark strip of water cuts through a courtyard reflecting the sky.Timber pergolas and external blinds are used as screening devices, mediating sunlight as it moves across the house. Thickened walls allow deeply recessed windows, shaded from the summer sun and provide opportunity to recess window frames to achieve a thermal break.
▼外部百叶，external blinds © Jean Luc Laloux
▼入口，高大的夯土墙，entrance，tall rammed walls © Jean Luc Laloux
Further along the central spine, the ceiling arcs up and the view unfolds as two large living spaces intersect the corridor. A staircase ascends beyond, and appears to hover above the vines. A discreet opening accesses a further volume beyond. Containing main bedroom, ensuite and private terrace, the elevated space affords views over the hilltop to the valley beyond.
▼长长的弧形走廊，long curved corridor © Jean Luc Laloux
▼巨大的窗户穿过挡土墙，large windows slicing through the earth walls © Jean Luc Laloux
▼走廊挂有艺术品，corridor is decorated with art collections © Jean Luc Laloux
▼两个大面积起居空间与走廊相交，two large living spaces intersect the corridor © Jean Luc Laloux
▼客厅，可以欣赏优美景色，living room，enjoy the beautiful scenery © Jean Luc Laloux
▼走廊尽头上升的楼梯延伸至室外，the staircase at the end of the corridor extending to the outside © Jean Luc Laloux
▼门洞勾勒出的景象仿佛盘旋在葡萄藤之上 © Jean Luc Laloux
the view outlined by the opening seemed to hover over the vines
▼通往主卧的小门，small door to master bedroom © Jean Luc Laloux
Primarily a holiday and weekend residence, three bedroom wings are accessed through discreet openings in the central corridor. Allowing autonomy between visitors, this layout assures the house doesn’t appear empty when not fully occupied.Six bedrooms accommodate a growing family with a range of spaces that can be enjoyed in differing weather conditions. As such a range of terraces and courtyards appear between, or within the timber volumes, providing varying degrees of shelter. A basement cellar provides storage for wine including that produced on the property.
▼景色一览无余，main bedroom © Jean Luc Laloux
The brief called for a large, flexible family home of a high quality with a sense of solidity and materials that age well with minimal upkeep. The structural engineer and rammed-earth contractor were involved early in the design process to ensure the seamless integration of services, openings and frameless glazing with the rammed earth. Natural materials with a low embodied energy rating are used throughout the building. All spaces are cross ventilated and each building volume can be heated and cooled independently depending on how the house is occupied. The building utilises the insulation properties of rammed earth. The property is not connected to mains water, all rain water is harvested and used throughout the house. Water collected in the dams is used for irrigation. All sewerage is treated on site.
▼平面，plan © Wood Marsh
▼剖面，sections © Wood Marsh