Rectangular Plates Minimalist House by Denton Corker Marshall Architects

This residence located at Yarra Valley north-east of Melbourne, designed by Denton Corker Marshall Architects. Simple structure contains two thin rectangular plates – roof and floor – lay into a gentle rise above the vineyard stretching down to the main road. The black metal floor plate is supported by a series of parallel black pigmented concrete walls set at right angles to it. One end rests on the hillside; the other cantilevers 11 metres beyond the supporting wall. The identical roof plate floats above, separated by full height glazing on the front and ends, and on the back by two vine green sticks laid longitudinally between the plates. Each plate is 50 m long and rim wide. The roof plate is supported by internal steel columns.

The lower level, defined by the black concrete walls, contains entry, carparking wine cellar, study and guest bedrooms. The upper level – conceptually a single space – contains master bedroom, living, dining, and kitchen. A floor to ceiling glass wall with sliding external doors extends the full length of the house, and opens onto an upper level terrace stepping down to an outdoor swimming pool. Floors are honed mid grey pigmented concrete, and ceiling white plasterboard. Internal spaces are defined by sycamore paneled volumes inserted into the spaces, and held free of the ceiling and the long glazed wall.

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