This house on a property at Samford Valley near Brisbane redefines the client’s use of the property. It is built on a rise at the former ‘back’ of the property, to take advantage of the views across the horse paddocks. It is in a bushfire zone and as such was a perfect candidate for zincalume cladding. Materials are low maintenance, robust and appropriate for the rural setting.
It is a pair of joined pavilions of lightweight construction with lofty skillion roofs. The linkway joins the bedroom zone to the living zone and a deck and pool are in the elbow of the house, the space created forming a contained area in the otherwise exposed field.
The house is for a family of two parents with two young children and the facility to accomodate guests or grandparents. It is the builder’s own home which was built by himself and his crew.
The pavilions are oriented for optimum northern aspect for the bedrooms and living areas as well as sweeping view of the undulating paddocks from the main living area.
Builder: Michael Calvert
Photographs by Murray Fredricks.
Stabilised Rammed Earth walls feature in this house just outside Canberra. A living room pavilion and a double storey bedroom pavilion are oriented around a central timber courtyard and connected by glazed linkway. The house features extensive glazing, raked ceilings and full height doors for a heightened sense of space.
The project involved the master-planning of the site, with stable and storage, bioseptic and water systems, tanks and future pool all accommodated.
The project design was initiated in London, UK by Project Architects Alan Higgs Architects and the detailed design and project administration was done in Australia by Bosanquet Foley Architects.
Builder: Nick and Katie Gubbins
China Walls Stabilised Earth Walls, NSW.
Detailed Design, Documentation and Contract Administration: Sarah Foley, Bosanquet Foley Architects.
Design Architect: Tzannes Associates, Sydney