It is not often that architects get the opportunity to design a second house for a client. This project followed on from an iconic mid-century modern design built on a rural hilltop on Nanima Road just outside Canberra. This new design stems from a different set of design references and doffs its cap to the traditional country farmhouse but with a modern twist.
The location is Wildes Meadow on a verdant and gently sloping site near Robertson in the Wingecarribee Shire, Southern Highlands NSW.
The building form consists of a series of linked pavilions with the long sides facing North and framing views of Fitzroy Falls Reservoir. The ‘pavilionisation’ of the floor plan allows the scale of the building to be broken down and appear as a group of individual dwellings. This in turn produces human scale external spaces allowing good inside/outside relationships.
The material palette is simple and unadorned. The simple building forms allow for economies in construction. With sensible selections, hard work and a good relationship with a local builder the clients were able to deliver a high-quality architectural outcome on a very modest budget.
Over the course of two separate house projects 13 years apart the clients and architects remain good friends.
Design Architect, Tony Trobe (LFRAIA)
Photographer, Tony Trobe (LFRAIA)
Builder, David Lean, Nowra