Wilson House, Medhurst Yarra Valley, by Denton Corker Marshall Architects

Architecture & Interiors

Denton Corker Marshall is an international design practice, producing striking and innovative architecture and urban design in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Their work is characterised by the ability to solve complex design problems on every scale. From design commissions for buildings of international significance to micro skyscraper coffee cups, their approach consistently produces responsive, dynamic and highly original solutions.


Wislon House is set above a vineyard in the famous wine producing Yarra Valley of Australia, north-east of Melbourne. Two thin rectangular plates – roof and floor – lay into a gentle rise above the vineyard stretching down to the main road. The black metal floor plate is supported by a series of parallel black pigmented concrete walls set at right angles to it. One end rests on the hillside; the other cantilevers 11 metres beyond the supporting wall.


The identical roof plate floats above, separated by full height glazing on the front and ends, and on the back by two vine green sticks laid longitudinally between the plates. Each plate is 50 meters long and 11 meters wide. Their singularity and clarity is reinforced by deep setbacks – 2 meters on the front and rear and 5 metres on the cantilevered projection – to the external wall. The roof plate is supported by internal steel columns.


The lower lever, defined by the black concrete walls, contains entry, car parking, wine cellar, study and guest bedrooms. The upper level – conceptually a single space – contains master bedroom, second bedroom, living, dining, and kitchen. A floor to ceiling glass 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.


The interiors are as minimal as the building itself. Floors are honed mid grey pigmented concrete, and the ceilings are finished with white plasterboard. Internal spaces are defined by sycamore panelled volumes inserted into the space, and held free of the ceiling and the long glazed wall. The breath-taking vistas enhance the overall impression of an infinite and sublime space.


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  1. hc

    Oct 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

    love this !!

  2. Adrienne Breaux

    Oct 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Whoa! This is pretty cool.

  3. Warwick Mihaly

    Nov 11, 2011 at 2:59 am

    For a big, international practice, DCM do some surprisingly good residential architecture. The structural play in this project – the enormous cantilever achieved via a hidden intrinsic truss – is a pleasure.

    • marizza

      Feb 18, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      I am civil engineering student and I’m interested to know more about the structure of this building. Do you have more information about the structural design of the cantilever? How does an intrinsic truss works as a roof and floor plate? Your help would be much appreciated.
      Thank you in advance.

      • Promila Shastri

        Feb 25, 2015 at 5:18 am

        Kindly contact the architectural practice—Denton Corker Marshall Architects—for more information. Thanks!

  4. WL

    May 15, 2012 at 1:45 am

    In my eyes, Barry Marshall is a design genius, and one of the best architects in this world.

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