Merricks House by Wood/Marsh

Merricks House by Wood/Marsh located in Australia | The Hardt

 

Merricks House by Wood/Marsh located in Australia. Entering between tall earth walls, a long corridor curves beyond view as the timber ceiling drops into the distance. Upon reaching the lowest point of the corridor, large windows slice through the earth walls to reveal a dramatic view south across the vines to the ocean beyond, to the north a dark strip of water cuts through a courtyard reflecting the sky. Further along the central spine, the ceiling arcs up and the view unfolds as two large living spaces intersect the corridor. A staircase ascends beyond and appears to hover above the vines. A discreet opening accesses a further volume beyond. Containing main bedroom, ensuite and private terrace, the elevated space affords views over the hilltop to the valley beyond.

 

 

 

 


 

Primarily a holiday and weekend residence, three bedroom wings are accessed through discreet openings in the central corridor. Allowing autonomy between visitors, this layout assures the house doesn’t appear empty when not fully occupied. Six bedrooms accommodate a growing family with a range of spaces that can be enjoyed in differing weather conditions. As such a range of terraces and courtyards appear between, or within the timber volumes, providing varying degrees of shelter. A basement cellar provides storage for wine including that produced on the property. Natural materials with a low embodied energy rating are used throughout the building. All spaces are cross ventilated and each building volume can be heated and cooled independently depending on how the house is occupied. The building utilizes the insulation properties of the rammed earth.

 

© Jean-Luc Laloux

 


 

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