Shearers Quarters by John Wardle Architects
Australian practice John Wardle Architects have designed a Shearers Quarters on North Bruny Island in Tasmania, Australia. Built as a companion building to an existing historic cottage on a working sheep farm, the Shearers Quarters is located on the site of the old shearing shed that was destroyed by fire. The building has won the Australian House of the Year award for 2012.
Here is a description from the architects, “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.
A singular palette of materials is used with corrugated galvanised 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 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 apple box crates, sourced from the many old orchards of the Huon Valley where the timber remained stacked but unused since the late 1960s.”
Image Courtesy: John Wardle Architects