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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Shearer’s Quarters House in North Bruny Island, Australia by John Wardle Architects

 
October 9th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: John Wardle Architects

The Shearer’s Quarters is located on ‘Waterview’, an historic farming property on North Bruny Island on land first granted to Captain James Kelly in 1840. The property is a working sheep farm of 440 hectares that has been operated by the one family for 10 years. The priority to date has been the rejuvenation of the landscape with over 150 hectares reserved for conservation purposes and over 6,000 indigenous trees planted.

Image Courtesy © Trevor Mein Photography

  • Architects: John Wardle Architects
  • Project: Shearer’s Quarters House
  • Location: North Bruny Island, Australia
  • Photography: Trevor Mein – Trevor Mein Photography, Max Creasy – Max Creasy Photography
  • 2012
  • World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Main Contractor: Cordwell Lane
  • Structural Engineer: Gandy and Roberts
  • Galvanised Iron Cladding: Galvanised Iron- Bluescope Steel
  • Recycled Timber Flooring: Urban Salvage

Image Courtesy © Trevor Mein Photography

The Shearer’s Quarters is located on the site of the old shearing shed that was destroyed by fire in the 1980s. The building sits as a companion building to the existing historic cottage constructed by Kelly. It has been designed to house shearers, family and friends on annual tree planting weekends and retreats. It contains a large living/dining/kitchen area, small bathroom and laundry, two bedrooms and a bunkroom.

The plan form transforms 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.

Image Courtesy © Trevor Mein Photography

A singular palette of materials has been used: corrugated galvanised iron to the exterior, and timber internally. The primary internal lining is Pinus Macrocarpa sourced from many different suppliers principally as individual trees from old rural windbreaks. The bedrooms are lined in recycled applebox crates, sourced from the many old orchards of the Huon Valley where the timber has remained stacked but unused since the late 1960s.

Image Courtesy © Trevor Mein Photography

Image Courtesy © Trevor Mein Photography

Image Courtesy © Trevor Mein Photography

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