The Cape Schanck House Is Like A Box Kite Flying High Above Bass Strait

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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 painting to architecture '. In short, Denton Corker Marshall returns to the theoretical roots of the Modernist project to bridge the gap that opened up between art and…

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