House at Hanging Rock

House at Hanging Rock

Architect
Kerstin Thompson Architects
Location
Hanging Rock VIC Australia
Project Year
2014
Category
Private Houses
Trevor Mein

House at Hanging Rock

Kerstin Thompson Architects as Architects

This house organises interior and exterior space and the extended site (of future plantings) through a series of parallel bands.

photo_credit Trevor Mein
Trevor Mein

These manifest in the house and immediate landscape as pre-caste concrete walls in an east west direction and, between and defined by these, three terraces, staggered in plan and stepped down the site along a gentle diagonal.

photo_credit Sharyn Cairns
Trevor Mein

The formal arrangement of the house frames desirable views – distant ones of hanging rock and closer ones of bush land particularly to the south and east. The parallel concrete walls form longitudinal view corridors. In contrast lateral views are established by ‘pulling apart’ select panels, most dramatically in the dining area from which views through all levels are possible.

photo_credit Trevor Mein
Trevor Mein

There are also incidental diagonal views across the various levels/spaces. Although a 2.4 module is used for all wall panels other than those with windows the spatial outcome is decidedly un-modular and dynamic.

 

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