Medhurst House

Yarra Valley, Australia
Project 2002 – 2008

Medhurst House comprises a simple steel framed glass box cantilevering over the landscape to maximise views of the vineyard.

Two thin rectangular plates – roof and floor – lay into a gentle rise above the vineyard stretching down to the road.  Each plate is 50 metres long and 11 metres wide.  Their singularity and clarity are reinforced by deep setbacks – two metres on the front and rear, and five metres on the cantilevered projection to the external wall.

Defined by black concrete walls, the lower level contains entry, car-parking, wine cellar, tasting room, study and guest bedrooms.  The upper level – conceptually a single space – contains master bedroom, living, dining, kitchen and second bedroom.

A floor-to-ceiling double-glazed wall with sliding external doors extends the full length of the house, and opens onto an upper level terrace stepping down to an outdoor swimming pool.


2008 AIA (VIC) Award for Residential Architecture – Houses 2008 AIA National Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses