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This spliced house intimately connects to the idea of viticulture.

With views across the surrounding farmland and set amongst manna gums and stringy barks at the edge of a vineyard, the design of this house explores a dramatic change of life.

Moving away from a busy suburban life onto a working vineyard, the house intimately connects to its context in both design and alignment with the surrounding vines. Forging a relationship between lifestyle and the production of wine, the careful processes of viticulture is used as an analogy to shape the architecture and solid rammed earth walls of the plan form.

Grafting new cultures onto existing rootstock is the horticultural equivalent of this change and adaptation to a new circumstance. Our first move precisely aligns the linear architecture of the vineyard with public and communal spaces of the house.

Extending out from those spaces, massive verandah post structures pick up the rhythm and orientation of the vineyard rows.

Private spaces held in one wing become the cultivar and, following the viticulture analogy, are spliced into the side of the rootstock and then orientated beyond the edge of the vineyard to the valley beyond.

  • Traditional Custodians Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation
  • Location Tuerong, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
  • Project Duration 2001 – 2004
  • Procurement Private Commission
  • Site Area 24ha
  • Floor Area 440m2
  • Sustainability 6 Star (Residential)
  • Selected Awards
  • Harold Desbrowe Annear Award (Residential category), RAIA Victoria 2004
  • Best Residential Building, Cityscape Architectural Review, Dubai Awards 2005
  • Best Residential Building, Architectural Excellence in the South East Awards 2005


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