This house is built of mud bricks and located on a rural residential housing estate near Murrumbateman to the north of Canberra in New South Wales.

The building form stemmed from a concept to break down the building into a series of simple pavilions as a scale appropriate response to a flat open rural site. The intention is that the collection of simple forms creates a scale evocative of the traditional assembly of farm buildings observed widely across rural Australia. The use of simple materials such as steel roofs and mud brick walls contributes to the feeling of regional appropriateness.

Despite an attempt to create idiomatic rural aesthetic a strong effort was made to orient the house to achieve maximum solar gain and also create usable protected outdoor spaces that relate well from the inside to out.

project credits
Project Architect: Tony Trobe
Design Architect: Tony Trobe
Structural Consultant: Ron Rogers, Rogers and Jefferis
Photographer: Tony Trobe


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