This building is sited in a subdivision area of an old sheep farm in the Margaret River region of the deep South in Western Australia. The area of Margaret River has many old cottages from early settlement to rustic rammed earth and timber. This design incorporated aspects from the traditional farm cottages and shacks while also combining modern contemporary forms.
The South West region of Western Australia is continually brushed by frontal systems from the Roaring Forties. It is for this reason that Margaret River is predominantly a cold climate compared to the rest of Australia. We designed a building that made the most of energy from the sun in colder months with large over hangs to shield the heat absorbing walls in summer. The materials used where local granite, concrete and timber.
The design of the house was an L-shaped plan of 4 bedrooms.