This new home is built on part of the clients’ family farm. It is designed to be comfortable for 2 people but easily expand to accommodate the influx of extended family. It is a relaxed, casual series of covered and open spaces designed to maximise the views and offer ultimate flexibility.
The Clients had been using a converted shipping container and tent on site. The garage and accessory studio space are off-set from the main building form and clad in the same colour iron as the container as a point of reference.
The large areas of glazing providing visual connection to the landscape and are protected by large floating eave over decks.
Contractor: Frank Byrne
Photographer: Kate MacPherson
The large inverted truss roof peels away from the walls to the east creating a light roof form and providing morning sun and cross ventilation. The large areas of glazing providing visual connection to the landscape and are protected by large floating eave over decks, a reference to the traditional farming homestead with ‘wrap around’ verandas and decks. The roof form has been expressed at each end to reinforce the roof form as an object independent of the walls below– creating a light, camp like quality to the main building which links between the garage ‘container’ and the studio ‘container’ at each end. The building becomes a ‘covered walkway’ between spaces providing opportunities to pause and relax, inside or out.
Plywood lined ceilings, cedar interior walls and American Oak floors, precast concrete panels behind the wood fire create a natural heat sink and radiate heat back into the living space long after the fire has stopped. Built in window seat to sit and enjoy the view, and a separate tv space adjacent. The kitchen opens directly to the dining area and is adjacent to the main visitor entry. Behind the front kitchen there is a scullery on one side and laundry/dry store, guest toilet on the other side, also with access to the garage and also access to the back yard space. Designed to provide easy living in a relaxed, social and flexible space.