The original house, with its meter-thick walls, wrap-around veranda, and minimal windows stood up well to harsh summer conditions, acting like a fortress against the elements when settlers were shaping the vast landscape. The new building wraps around to protect the commons from the harsh south-west winds, creating a large central courtyard. Its north-facing windows absorb direct sun in the winter, and thanks to a massive overhang they provide indirect light through the summer. The interior features a mixed-use open floor plan focused around the kitchen — this makes the home feel much bigger that its footprint would suggest.
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Modern Renovation of an 1850's Australian Farm House
by Andrew Michler, 10/15/10
This sublime addition to an 1850's-era farm house incorporates lessons from building on the harsh Australian savanna to transform the site into a modern utopia. The new addition creates a counterpoint to the original modest stone house while reflecting core elements that are site-specific. The interior is bright and open, and the addition wraps around the original farm to create a protected courtyard. Dubbed Fold, the first residential project by March Studio is both graciously modern and humble in relation to its vast surroundings.
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