Chirnside Green Spine
Dream Home Green House
|Client||Shire of Yarra Ranges|
|Scope||Master Plan, concept design, design development|
|Location||Chirnside Park, Victoria|
|Team||ASPECT Studios - Lead Consultant. In collaboration with Stutterheim / Anderson Landscape Architecture, MB Lighting Design, Storm Consulting|
Homelessness, rootlessness, accelerated mobility; all seem to define the contemporary condition. In such a fluid and volatile dynamic of continual transience, what constitutes home and place? Where are we to dwell? How are we to make our home in the world?
These questions of home, house, dwelling and place are the basis of the Dream Home/Green House Project. Dream Home/Green House conceives a 1.8 kilometre corridor of passage as “home”, as a place of homecoming and leave taking, and a place which contributes to local civic dialogue.
Referencing the local suburban vernacular and appropriating its diverse architectural history, Dream Home/Green House configures this home as an ensemble of ‘rooms’ distributed along the entire length of the project. Each of these ‘rooms’ can be understood simultaneously as an expression of home-making, and as a spatial fragment of an overall ‘house’.
Each of these ‘rooms’ is located at significant moments within the project corridor. These moments provide a rich range of opportunities for a varied materialisation of ‘home’. Depending on the location, each room can become a meeting place, garden, bosque, pathway, landform, architectural structure, seat, water harvesting system, solar collector, or indeed a combination of these.
The final design for this project arose from a rigorous collaboration between the disciplines of landscape architecture, art, and water engineering. Central to the success of this project was the principle that a “gateway” is a spatial and temporal experience for all forms of movement at varying speeds. Being within a highway and power easement meant that a high level of technical and maintenance constraints were embraced as design generators. Stage 1 is to be constructed in 2010 and Stage 2 in subsequent years.
Site modelling: anamorphic projection studies. With Aspect Digital.
Nesting of local vernacular architecture
Modelling: Final plan
Modelling: Nested House v03
Modelling: Nested House v04
Modelling: House v04 & v05
Modelling: Final set out
Perforated stainless steel screen
Concept Design v01. Image courtesy of ASPECT Studios
Concept Design v02. Image courtesy of ASPECT Studios