- Internal Area190sqm
- TeamRob Kennon, Jack Leishman
- CollaboratorsJMBush Construction , NJG Building Surveyor, Meyer Consulting
- PhotographerDerek Swalwell
- PublicationsPasture of Plenty
- TagsHousing, Landscape, Regional, Repetition, Background building, Rural Vernacular
Drawing upon the logic of an Australian rural vernacular, this project is defined by its simplicity. Its value is not derived from layered meaning or referential concepts, it deals instead with the more fundamental principles of architecture; environment and shelter.
The site is located just outside of Birregurra, on a grassy plain surrounded by sheep grazing paddocks. Mature trees line the horizon in the distance as the site slopes down to a dam and valley. In this part of Victoria, the sky is vast, and the winds are strong. Protection and relief from the exposed, and sometimes harsh, conditions were important considerations for this project.
Our approach draws upon the logic of the Australian ‘slab hut’; an 1800’s dwelling typical of rural areas. The rectangular plan, pitched roof and clip-on verandah was – and still is – a climatically appropriate, efficient and economical way to build. These concerns (efficiency, buildability, and the availability of materials) remain relevant today and are well aligned with the client’s interest in sustainability and local produce.