Shearing Quarter House

Images. John Wardle Architects

The award winning Shearing House, is so named for its proximity to a historically sheep farm in Australia’s Huon Valley

This sheep inspired homes, designed by John Wardle Architects, is ironically named for its proximity to an existing historic cottage on a working sheep farm. According to the firm the site is located where an old shearing shed once stood before it was raised by fire. The space that now houses old shearers and other sheeply memorabilia is used primarily as a weekend getaway for family and friends.

Bedrooms likely evoke an apple scent thanks to recycled apple box crates used as the primary lining

The plan according to the architect is designed to, “transform along its length to shift the profile of a slender skillion at the western end to a broad gable at the east. The geometry of this shift is carried through to the layout of internal walls, lining boards and window frames. A singular palette of materials is used with corrugated galvanized iron to the exterior, and timber internally. Inside is a large open living/dining/kitchen area, bathroom and laundry, two bedrooms and a bunkroom.”

The inner wooden lining is that of Pinus Macrocarpa, a wood which is sourced from various suppliers primarily gathered from old rural windbreaks. Bedrooms likely evoke apple scent thanks to recycled apple box crates used as the primary lining. Sourced from old orchards in the Huon Valley region, the apple crate timber has remained stacked but unused since the late 1960s.

The architect also reports the incorporation of other ‘unusual materials’ in the residence, again sourced from old shearer tools and the like from the now gone shed.

Source. John Wardle Architects

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