Obento Series :: Materiality that Breathes – Glenn Murcutt – Marika Alderton House
Materiality reflects local culture and pressures. Handcrafted bento boxes are now luxury items as handcrafted buildings and interiors are. The Marika-Alderton House by Glenn Murcutt holds functional and aspirational design ideas in its envelope. It encourages flood waters to pass below and air to ventilate passively through its rooms and screens.
The project, manufactured off site and assembled in place, touches the ground lightly - allowing flood waters to pass beneath. The rooms are designed sustainably to encourage cooling breezes to pass through passively. The use of local materials to create a woven wall makes us think of the traditional rice carrying bento that is made of woven bamboo and allows air to pass through, too. The color connects to a sense of place, as well. In plan we can see how the rooms are arrayed efficiently and geometrically to align and provide a sense of orientation to the user.
The Marika-Alderton house has an affinity with bento boxes constructed of woven bamboo, often used for Onigiri (flavored rice balls). These boxes allow the rice to breathe. The carefully pairing of food to its box, mirrors the way Murcutt created a house that holds a careful relationship to place.
Part of the #ObentoAtTheBAC series