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Timber Design Awards

House for a Grower

This ‘house for a grower,’ completed in December 2013, is positioned on the highest point on the site, in the south western corner, with extensive views across the gardens to distant hills in the east and north

This ‘house for a grower,’ completed in December 2013, is positioned on the highest point on the site, in the south western corner, with extensive views across the gardens to distant hills in the east and north

The house reads as two light weight containers, sheathed in a mix of glass, black aluminium, macrocarpa rain screen and cedar weatherboards. The building, H shaped in plan, creates a sheltered courtyard between the two pavillions, out of the prevailing southwesterly wind.

The two pavilions separate open plan living, dining and kitchen spaces from the bedroom and bathroom wing, creating a delineation between the public and private spaces. Vitex decks extend the living spaces to the outside and create the board walk to the entry.

The project features H5 glulam portals, embedded into the ground, which create the an exo-skeletal brace structure. Careful detailing, precisely planned and executed construction, hide the metal plates within the portal knee joints, allowing just the rebated bolt heads to be visible. This use of timber is a modern interpretation of a traditional post and beam farm structure, with portals assembled flat on the ground before being lifted into place.

The portal frames extend the roof beyond the habitable building line to create shade and enhance the appearance of the roof plane floating above the floor line. Hypsan and Hyjoist rafters, concealed within the plywood ceilings and soffits, allowed the creation of large overhangs to the north to provide summer shade.

A timber rain screen in heart macocarpa clads the southern side of both pavillions. These rough sawn elements are reminiscent of vegetable bins and pallets elsewhere on the farm. Cedar and heart macrocarpa cladding and vitex decks were selected for sustainability of source and nautrally durable properties, minimising environmental impact.