Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
Morpung Gallery House


client:
Ross Lake & Helen Vivian
date:
2013-16
location:
Mildura
map:
link to google maps
landscape:
Stutterheim Anderson Landscape Architects



Located on the outskirts of Mildura, Morpung Gallery House is three pavilions curated around a courtyard, an outdoor deck, an outdoor video art screening area, an outdoor pool, an outdoor shower, an outdoor dining area, a Japanese garden and a 7 hectare estate.

The interior spaces of the house are designed around a collection of art and books which are dispersed across the three pavilions. Each pavilion has a bespoke entry with custom-made enamelled tiles in which is embedded political and cultural stories of water.

The architectural language of the house is derived by translating memories and themes of the history and future of the place and community - in which the clients locate themselves physically emotionally, artistically, politically and philosophically - into an implicit compositional formal language unique to the project.

The clients are curators and collectors and the house is designed as a stage set for their collection and a productive residency for the many artists, who's work they commission and practices they support, in making works located in, or about, the many layers and textures of the region which the client has chosen to make their home.

The entry porticoes to the library and gallery pavilions are to be lined with bespoke enamel tiles which are being developed through an advanced fabrication research project in conjunction with the School of Architecture & Design and the School of Art at RMIT University.

Construction will commence on the house in October 2015.



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Images by MvS Architects.