Entidades en equilibrio

Casa Hill en el valle de Yarra, Denton Corker Marshall

Por Marcelo Gardinetti

Fotografía: ©Tim Griffith

junio de 2014

La casa Hill está situada en la parte superior de una colina aislada de la región vinícola Yarra Valley, mirando hacia el norte donde encuentra magníficas vistas de todo el valle. El diseño combina dos volúmenes apilados. El inferior se apoya en el punto más alto de la colina. El superior se coloca de manera perpendicular dejando un enorme tramo del  volumen en voladizo. Esta circunstancia le confiere un carácter destacado a la vivienda.

HILL HOUSE

Los volúmenes están revestidos con diferentes materiales para acentuar el contraste entre ambos. El inferior está cubierto de acero pre oxidado en todo su perímetro. El superior está construido en aluminio negro. Los muros interiores fueron revestidos con gruesas láminas de aglomerado, y propician el contraste en textura y color con el solado de cemento pulido.

La planta baja aloja en el centro del volumen las áreas sociales, flanqueadas en ambos extremos por los dormitorios. El piso superior alberga dos oficinas y un dormitorio de huéspedes. Las vistas desde la vivienda están controladas en los extremos de cada prisma.

“La planificación es muy simple, presenta puntos de vista controlados desde cada extremo de los tubos y luego levanta tres paneles en el tubo inferior de manera que la zona de estar abra con vistas al viñedo. Las montañas que contienen el valle en todos los lados ofrecen un espectacular telón de fondo.”

Marcelo Gardinetti, marzo de 2013©

Fotografías: ©Tim Griffith

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Información de Denton Corker Marshall

The Yarra Valley was originally settled as a series of farms strung out along the tracks through the valley on either side of the river. Yering Station and Gulf Station, for example, still exist as heritage buildings, but View Hill is identifiable only as an isolated hill abutting the historic Yarra Track with magnificent views of the whole valley.

The 60-hectare site was progressively developed as a premium cool climate vineyard from 1996 to 2004 and now has around 32 hectares of vines. A site for a house was identified at the top of the hill looking north over the vineyard but also taking in view all around.

Denton Corker Marshall have completed six houses over the last 20 years, a sideline to their larger building work but seen as an important part of their exploration of ideas about architecture. There were also opportunities to consider the isolated building in the landscape as ‘land art’. Here on the top of the hill the house is reduced to two sticks placed one on top of the other ‘dropped’ onto the landscape. It is a counterpoint to their Phillip Island house of 20 years ago where the house is buried in the sand dunes.

The stick sitting on the ground is made of rusting steel whilst the stick sitting on right angles on top and cantilevering impossibly is made from black aluminium. The sticks read as very thin metal tubes with glass inset at each end. The reading of the tubes is reinforced inside by their lining with a grey green stained OSB board – on the upper level its walls, ceilings and even the floor is lined – at ground level the floor is charcoal polished concrete. The ground level tube is 6m x 4m in cross-section so that the ceiling heights are 3.2m, the upper tube is 4m x 3m with 2.4m ceilings.

Ground floor uses are centred around a living, dining, kitchen space – with bedrooms at either end. Upstairs two offices and another guest bedroom complete the primary spaces. Planning is therefore very simple – presenting controlled views out from each end of the tubes and then by raising three panels on the side of the lower tube so that the living area looks out over the vineyard. The mountains containing the valley on all sides offer a dramatic backdrop.

Escrito en: Arquitectura
Autor: Marcelo Gardinetti
Fotografía: ©Tim Griffith
Cite: “Marcelo Gardinetti, Entidades en equilibrio; Tecnne”
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