The roof rises out of the prairie like a small hill, becoming an abstract of the land — its materials and form reflect the original settler’s built environment. The tin ceiling, left in its unpainted state, not only acts as an ode to the history of the property but reflects daylight deep to the back of the living space. Other simple materials update cues from the past with a modern twist, like the block wall with embedded glass, or the wire mesh used to hold pot and pans. A concrete floor help regulate temperatures. The clever sunken interiors are clad in locally-procured lumber, which allows the form of the home to settle into the ground. The copper roof is set at an incline, protecting the property from the elements.
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Modern Renovation of an 1850's Australian Farm House
by Andrew Michler, 10/15/10
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