The modern adaptation and redevelopment of a shearing shed and farm house in Tasmania won Australian House of the Year for 2012, notably marking the shift of architectural appreciation in Australia to small and simple buildings. The Shearer’s Quarters, by Melbourne-based firm John Wardle Architects, took home multiple awards from this year’s Houses Awards, which celebrates Australia’s best residential projects. This 130 square-meter home serves as a prime example of the ever-escalating movement for small-footprint, environmentally responsible dwellings.
The Shearer’s Quarters, as it is called because it serves as a shearer’s shed and retreat for sheep farmers, was designed and is owned by architect John Wardle. The property is still a working farm, though the house reflects much more luxury through its stellar contemporary tuning. The interior of the building glows with clean lines of recycled wood and timber from apple box crates, which were left over from the islands active apple farms of the sixties. An industrial style kitchen table and a craft-made metal bookcase round out the extent of the interior decoration, leaving the interior floor plan rather open.
The simple nature of the design and construction of this home does not just stop with the building’s footprint and interior design. The exterior of the home is wrapped almost entirely in an industrial corrugated sheet metal as if to insulate the old bones of the farm shed from any harm. Only the entrance porch and the interior living area peak out to expose the wooden interior. This creates a multi-experiential viewing opportunity from every elevation of the building.
As the Jurors of the Houses Awards put it, “this is a finely tuned and beautifully synthesized building that is a reminder of the essential systems and patterns of domestic life”.
Via Houses Awards