Housing, Retro, Residential
PERMACULTURE GARDENS The property is planted for food production, established 10 years ago and producing well. A swaled 49 tree orchard includes a mix of stone fruit, apples, pears, almonds, cherries, plums, pine nut, sugar maple and walnut, interplanted with low wattles and red and black currants. The worm composting toilet treatment system effluent lines […]
Materials: Brick veneer Built: 2001 Location: Gisbourne
Material: Masonry veneer Built: 1999 Location: Lyonbank
Material: Rendered strawbale Built: 2002 Location: Woodend
Materials: Rendered strawbale, recycled brick Built: 1999 Location: Harcourt North Located amid the granite boulder strewn hills of Harcourt, this idyllic B & B is the perfect way for prospective home builders to get a taste of what its like to live within walls of straw.
Materials: Mudbrick, recycled timber Built: 1994 with additions 1998 Location: Shepherds Flat
Material: Rammed Earth Built: 1995 with additions in 2003 Location: Daylesford
Material: Rendered strawbale Built: 1997 Location: Daylesford This was the first strawbale B & B in Australia! Now privately owned, the gardens are well estalished creating a very Meditterranean feel to the whole property.
Material: Renderd strawbale, cypress pine, cedar weatherboard Built: 1998, additions 2004 Location: Daylesford The Italian Hill house began its life as Bed & Breakfast accommodation, lavishly decorated with furnishings by local artisans, a brass clawfoot bath and rich timber ceiling linings. The steep hillside nature of the site necessitated a timber floor construction which resulted […]
Materials: Stone, radial sawn timber, corrugated iron Built: 2005 Location: Castlemaine Surtierra is an Alpacca farm in the Central Goldfields of Victoria. The owners needed a homestead that had pragmatic echos of the traditional farmhouse but rendered with the modern vernacular of energy efficiency and integration with the landscape. The house features the practical elements […]
This quarantine station was built on the Pacific Island of Niue to process alpaccas for importation into Australia. We needed to source locally available materials and design according to what we would actually have access to build with. The other challenge was to engineer the building to withstand cyclonic conditions which are prevalent in the […]
This commercial development in Daylesford was a conversion of an old triple fronted brick veneer residence into a thriving series of retail tennancies. The building was brought forward to the street and a second storey added to create a well utilised new shopping and service strip for the township.
Material: Rendered strawbale, weatherboard Built: 2005 Location: Woodend Set in a suburban sub-division alongside average, street-facing brick veneers, this chameleon-like home has the ability to fit in with the neighbours while deceptively enveloping an anything but average space. Designed for a family with a young child, the sculptural qualities of strawbale have been utilized here […]
Material: Rendered strawbale Built: 2003 Location: Hepburn The idea for this circular plan strawbale hosue was born when the client first walked into the office, declaring that she wanted a strawbale yhurt, inspired by the traditional housing typology of Mongolia. With a little bit of engineering ingenuity, a pine post and beam frame forms a […]
Interior fitout for a popular Daylesford eatery.
Remodelling of an existing building into a gallery for contemporary art.
Material: Rendered Strawbale Built: 2009 Location: Kerrie, Victoria
Material: Rendered strawbale Built: 2008 Location: Trentham
Material: Rendered strawbale Built: 2008 Location: Victoria
Material: Rendered strawbale Built: 2009 Location: Murray River, Victoria
Material: Rendered strawbale Built: 2005 Location: Wheatsheaf Set in thick bushland, the site is in an extreme bushfire risk area. Rendered strawbale has excellent fire resistant properties and there was no hesitation to use this as the walling material which would help to keep the house warm during Wheatsheaf’s notoriously cold winters. The use of […]
Formerly a butchery on Albert Street Daylesford, this historic stone building has recently being rescued from its dilapidated state and restored, externally, to its former glory.
Material: Rendered strawbale Built: 2007 Location: Springmount
Material: Weatherboard, corrugated iron Built: 2002 Location: Daylesford This house was designed to be a modest, yet comfortable house for a single retiree. Low maintenance and low running costs were priority outcomes for the realisation of this building. Zincalume was used to clad the roof and walls to the south which are not readily visible, […]
Materials: Rendered strawbale, plywood cladding, split-level slab. Size: 156m². 3 bedrooms/study, kitchen/living/dining, laundry, bathroom, outdoor living, double carport. Built: 2006 Location: Ballan The brief for the project was to design a resource efficient home on a modest budget; one which the clients would foresee living in on a long term basis. Low embodied energy in […]
Materials: Rendered brickwork, corrugated iron, radially sawn timber Built: 2006 Location: Hepburn Shire
Material: Corrugated iron, grooved plywood, concrete slab, 2-storey Built: 2006 Location: Hepburn Shire
Material: Rendered strawbale Built: 2007 Location: Cape Otway The Otway Ranges is know as much for its inclement weather as it is for its stunning natural landscapes. This strawbale home needed to have as much protection to the walls as possible while still allowing the maximum amount of winter sun to penetrate the windows. 3D […]
Material: Corrugated iron Built: 2009 Location: Daylesford
Material: Double-skin mudbrick external walls, recycled timber everywhere else! Built: 2010 Location: Hepburn Shire Gumtree Spring is a bush retreat just outside of Daylesford offering holiday accommodation. Unfortunately the original mudbrick house was destroyed by fire and the owners were keen to replace the building, however this time with more emphasis placed on energy efficiency […]
This four bedroom strawbale home sits acrest an undulating landscape in the granite strewn fields of the Mitchell Shire. We used 3D modelling to determine whether two large trees to the north of the site would interfere with the solar access to the building and then used photo montaging to test the opportunities for the […]
Material: Recycled timber lining, corrugated iron Built: 2010 Location: Hepburn Shire New holiday house recently finished. Due to the sensitive nature of the undulating site, it was decided that minimal site disturbance and zero site excavation would be the most appropriate course of action. The house sits on a split-level timber sub-floor, allowing for the […]
Material: masonry, weatherboard, plywood, recycled timber Built: 2010 Location: Macedon Shire Le Cavage is a private agricultural concern specializing in boutique produce in the Macedon Sire. We were commissioned to create a modern yet complimentary addition to an existing weatherboard farm house, which would fit in with the landscape and be as energy efficient as […]
Our second home designed and to be built for the Blue Mount Rise Estate, a low-density housing sub-division based on sustainable living principles. This three bedroom + study home makes very efficient use of space in a compact plan which also offers plenty of interest in the third dimension. The bulk of the house has […]
To be built in a rural style residential subdivision, the Telescope House is a hybrid construction of strawbale, highly insulated weatherboard walls and corrugated iron. The main elements of the brief were to allow for home office spaces separate from the hub of the living areas, an outdoor living area with a hot tub positioned […]
Our brief was to improve the amenity and enjoyment of this home. We have redeveloped the kitchen and bathroom and added a living area wing that flows from the original house and opens up to the north sun and the backyard.
This family home is to be the farmstead headquarters for a large farming property. Situated in an unforgiving environment, where strong winds can blow frequently from any direction all year round, with hot summer sun and cold winter temperatures, the design needed to be extremely versatile. Thermal mass core walls and highly insulative strawbale walls […]
A proposed eco-relaxation retreat set amidst the olive groves of this commercial boutique olive oil farm. Featuring a restaurant with cooking classes, massage and spa treatment rooms, and self-contained guest accommodation. Concept design for Zoe Olive Farm, eco-resort in central Victoria. Using modular engineered timber portal frames, with strawbale infill, local stone and corrugated iron. […]