Deliberately recessed, hidden from sight, avoiding another above-ground building mass. It becomes part of the garden, a hidden treasure.
As you approach you glean nothing more than a protected vehicle store. But when you enter the glass-enclosed art store it becomes a grotto, bound by the trees outside and the grassed paddocks descending to the Cardinia Reservoir and the southwestern edge of the Dandenong forest. No development in sight.
The X-shaped columns are like the fingers of a hand holding up the heavy earthen roof. You don’t feel the weight above—it’s like a waiter holding a dish above their head while walking amongst patrons—it appears suspended as if by magic.
A delicate tracery of steel spears the glass, suspended as if too is weightless.
All that is seen is the landscaped upper terrace, punctuated only by light funnels—we call them the snorkels—hinting of another space beneath.
Kristin Green, Design Architect
Kristin Green, Project Architect
Paul Thompson, Landscape and Plant Consultant
Tony Green, Senior Consultant
Artistree Tree Care Pty Ltd., Tree Consultant
BDC Building Design Compliance Pty Ltd, Building Surveyor
Bluebottle, Lighting Consultant
Kinetic Sets, Metal Consultant
Paul Thompson- Plant Design Pty Ltd, Landscape Consultant
Quatrefoil Consulting Pty Ltd, Structural and Civil Engineer