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Rural Australian Homestead - Solar Passive House
Australian Rural Homestead - Southern Courtyard
The southern courtyard provides a cool retreat during summer. It is protected from the prevailing westerly winds and only needs to be fenced on one side in order to keep enterprising marsupials out of the garden.
Australian Rural Homestead - Open Plan Living Area
The open-plan northern pavilion is where we deviate from the traditional homestead. Anchored by heavy rammed earth walls to the rear, this contemporary living space opens up with pitched ceilings and expansive northern glazing framing views of the surrounding mountains.
Australian Rural Homestead - Rammed Earth North Facade
Drawing inspiration from traditional Australian homesteads, this house combines passive solar design and natural materials to create a truly contemporary country home. We wanted this house to be flexible: cosy enough for a couple and grand enough to house an extended family. As such, we took cues from classic rural homesteads like Lanyon (Canberra, ACT), and Throsby Park (Southern Highlands, NSW). These homes had a constantly fluctuating workforce as the labor demands of the farm changed.
Australian Rural Homestead - Rammed Earth and Colorbond
For this homestead, we chose a contemporary yet natural architectural palette of rammed earth, corrugated iron, timber and glass. Rammed earth has been used in Australian homesteads since colonial times. It performs beautifully in passive solar design, providing fantastic thermal mass. The verandas provide shelter on the south, allowing for plenty of natural light to enter all the rooms. We were careful with placement of veranda elements not to darken rooms or restrict the views.