Located on a working farm near Margaret River, a family home was designed for the next generation to work the property. With an exposed site it was critical that the climactic influences were controlled to maximise winter warmth and summer cooling.

Designed as two overlapping pavilions, one for communal living, the other for sleeping the house contains a number of protected outdoor spaces for different times of the year. Spaces are designed to capture and moderate light, accentuating the sequence of spaces and providing a range light and material qualities responding to the use of each space.

Careful consideration is paid to the positioning and choice of materials to maximise the passive solar performance and thermal comfort of the house. Thick rammed earth walls are arranged in a ‘radiator’ formation through the middle of the pavilions which helps to maintain a comfortable consistent temperature, while highly insulated frame walls are utilised for the external walls. The use of raw zincanneal and concrete against rammed earth and timber provide physical & aesthetic warmth with a sense of grounding the building to its site & context.

This robust house is designed to handle hard work farming life while retaining the softness and warmth of a family home.

images by Kelsey Jovanou