The brief for my latest assignment at uni (3rd Year at Victoria University’s School of Architecture, Wellington, New Zealand) was very open – design a ‘Big Ass House.’ I imagined a client with unlimited funds that wanted the biggest, craziest house they could get. And here it is, The Corkscrew House.
The drawings below show the house’s location on the track, and while it’s obvious I focused mainly on the exterior of the house, I’ve also shown indicatively how the spaces are divided into the three main areas.
There’s a main garage to the left (north), which would connect to the track. The entrance to the house is underground to the garage – this design is all about cars, so the garage is the obvious place to enter. From here, guests enter one of the two main forms.
The one to the west is more public, with viewing platforms and the main lounge. To the east are the private suites for the guests. With more time I would have detailed the interior, but as goes with university, time just flew by.
The cars then exit out from under the platform, and down through the Corkscrew. You can see on the image below the sunlight shining between the two forms onto the sand-trap, referencing how close some cars are to each other when racing through the corner.
As the cars exit the corner, they race past the three northern viewing platforms, which were actually one of the harder elements of the building to design. After many different options, I settled on the solution below, partly influenced by the curves of a Lamborghini Miura, and also the stacked exhaust of an MV Agusta F3. Speaking of automotive influences, the red details around the windows were inspired by the blocky graphics of 1970s Muscle Cars; I’ve always thought they looked awesome, and they help add the impression of speed to the house.
I also designed some tables with the same design language as the entire building, bringing the design down to a human scale. And the Martini Colours have always been a favourite of mine, so they had to make an appearance in there somewhere!
So that’s my design, if you have any feedback, both good and bad, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
James Schollum is 3rd Year Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. The photos and text were provided by him for this article