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. 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 structure.
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.
Peter Harvey & Loop Architecture
Submitted in the Australian Timber Design Awards