Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gooseberry Hill house : By Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

Gooseberry Hill, Australia
Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects 
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Photos © Shannon McGrath
Gooseberry Hill house explores the potential for formal, material and spatial connections to the existing landscape at both a macro and micro level.
Photos © Shannon McGrath
Our concern with extracting the maximum potential of place results in a multiplicity of experience; living under the house, bathing in the floor, suspended on the edge of the site, window seats capturing the theatre of the natural view contrasted with the home theatre experience, strategically placed windows framing alternative fragments of distant views and abstracting nature (green polycarbonate wall).
Photos © Shannon McGrath 
We attempted to capture the experience of a walk in the native West Australian bush.
This continues Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects exploration in to dualities or the Jekyll and Hyde possibilities of architecture in relationship to place. One side is embedded in the carved hill whilst the other side by contrast is suspended above the landscape.
Photos © Shannon McGrath
This dualism is also reflected in the selection of materials; timber boarding contrasted with green polycarbonate (the organic and the synthetic) and the detailing of the concrete wall, one side is smooth off-form concrete the other is poured against a bed of industrial bubble wrap (the slick and the hairy).
Photos © Shannon McGrath
A central under-developed spine existed in the original house, we opened this to the landscape and extended this over the site commencing with the letterbox wall and ending with a focused view in to the landscape.
In a suburb and society that continues to encourage the tabula rasa approach to site and construction this project demonstrates the capacity to effectively and innovatively work with an existing built fabric and minimise the impact to the existing site.
Photos © Shannon McGrath
Numerous parts of the existing residence were recycled; old decking now forms a flexible sunscreen necklace that responds to the sun patterns whilst binding the old and the new. The edges of the building are purposely frayed and the detailing intentionally rural.

The people
Architects: Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
Location: Gooseberry Hill, Australia
Photography: © Shannon McGrath

Gooseberry Hill house Australia images / information from Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
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