StudioFour :: Ridge Road Residence
Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Ridge Road Residence by StudioFour exudes simplicity and elegance in materiality as the form gracefully mimics the topography of the surround. The architects description of the project is at the end of the post(I really don't think I could have said it any better!). But for now, enjoy the view...
"A simple brief and programming requirements, teamed with a dramatic
site characterized by a steep slope and a single tea tree, enabled the
design to become an exploration into enclosing the basic rituals of
domestic life within restrained building forms…the form of the building
becomes driven by the clients desire to separate the public and private
zones of the residence.
In stark contrast to the surrounding houses, which attempt to cancel
out the sloping topography by creating a podium level at which the
outdoor areas sit exposed high above ground level, our design for this
house adopts a gentler strategy, with the building form spilling down
the slope to terminate in a series of terraced decks.
These low lying decks aim to provide privacy from the golf course
below, whilst the surrounding native landscape will shelter the outdoor
areas from the harsh prevailing winds.
Varying levels of interaction and connection with the
landscape, both real and perceived, drive all aspects of the design,
from the channeled views of the horizon upon entry, through to the
double height picture window that captures the full proportion of the
tea tree, and the direct and intimate connection provided by the low
level decks." StudioFour