The building sits in a native bush clearing 900m above seal level on a sheep farm in the central highlands of Tasmania. Its primary purpose is a residence for the property owners.
The situation of the project has heavily influenced the use of timber for its natural beauty, thermal stability, and affordability. The project incorporates timber for structural solutions and uses it as a feature element for cladding and detailing.
A series of gable roof forms have been used to emulate a cluster of farm sheds. Simple gang nail Tas Oak trusses and framing make up the structures that are clad with Ecoply Shadowclad Groove. Windows are double glazed with Western Red Cedar frames which are highlighted by the cladding colour.
The main building is entered from the south via Celery Top boardwalk and a large 1m x 2.4m door clad with recycled Gum-topped stringybark from old sheep yards at the sister property. The same timber is used throughout the project on all bench tops.
A strong visual connection is created from the entry through the centre of the main building by a cathedral ceiling and central double-sided fireplace. LVL rafters were used to create the seamless cathedral ceiling and also provided enough roof space for insulation and services.
Highland Oak veneer is used extensively throughout the joinery in the project and provides a welcome softness against the local stone wall that runs along the southern elevation of the main building.
The covered outdoor area to the east is an extension of the internal living space. Exposed Tas Oak scissor trusses and verandah framing make reference to 19th century building techniques used in the district.