Cape Schanck House Analysis

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The Cape Schanck House is like a box kite flying high above Bass Strait, twisting around its long axis as it dives into the top of the dunes. The Medhurst House is a glazed pavilion floating in Miesian serenity above serried rows of vines. In contrast to these ancient earthbound types, the Cape Schanck and Medhurst houses are based on a typology that defies architectural tradition and history. Rather than grounded, they appear airborne. The Cape Schanck House is a black elongated rectilinear tube of space that resembles a giant box kite landing on the dunes. The Medhurst House, floating above the vineyard, is a pure Platonic glazed box recalling the first seemingly airborne building, Mies van der Rohe 's Farnsworth House (1946-51). Denton Corker Marshall 's interest in early 20th century art and architectural theory, specifically Amedee Ozenfant 's and Le Corbusier 's formulation of Purism, in which objects were represented as basic machine-made forms stripped of all detail; Kazimir Malevich 's Tectons, which were scaleless architectural forms devised to accommodate the unimagined new social programs that the Russian Revolution anticipated; and El Lissitzky 's PROUNs, paintings of gravity-defying, defunctionalised, architectonic objects: what he enigmatically called 'the station where one changes from …show more content…
Denton Corker Marshall 's laconic pronouncements on connections between their architecture and land art amount to just a few lines buried in the project descriptions of media releases, The Cape Schanck House 'looks nothing like a house, but rather an object flying in from space and rotating along its long axis as it is about to land. The house is a dynamic enigma in the windswept setting. The Medhurst House is 'two black horizontal strokes drawn on a wide rolling quilt of well behaved

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