Flinders Residence / Abe McCarthy Architects
Flinders / Abe McCarthy Architects Residence
Photographs: Shannon McGrath
Manufacturers: AGM, Pierre CDK, Outdoor eco, GUBI, honey, AV-ID and Abe McCarthy Architects, Abelwood, Bruhn limestone, Colorbond & Lysaght, Leibherr, Sikkens, WOCA Wood Finishing Products, Black-smith
Text description provided by the architects. A study of modern country-style living, manifesting itself as an enclave of barn-like forms that speak to earth, earth, and the interplay of texture, light and space. Gable roofs and sculpted openings open up to the landscape from all angles, creating a continuous dialogue of sun and shade.
The design is premised on creating a romantic evocation of farm life, yet underpinned by a pragmatic and highly resolute episodic space. As the site was initially an open paddock, the design response had to engage with views in all directions. The building is divided into three interconnected pavilions to allow light and air, framed views and discreet spaces that work as a whole and independently.
The forms of the barn allow a significant opportunity to engage with the landscape expansively at ground level, and then move on to more intimate and comfortable experiences on the upper levels of the ‘loft’. This allowed the design to use spectacular double height spaces while maintaining a sense of warmth and coziness.
In terms of sustainable initiatives, the project uses several key strategies to enable it to operate in an off-grid context:
- Biomass boiler supplying heating and hot water.
- Solar panel providing basic power.
- Rainwater storage to fill domestic water, irrigation and fire fighting water reserves.
- Large thermal mass designed to absorb the weak summer sun for passive solar heating.
- Louvered and opening glazing, including opening skylights to allow the building to breathe and cool naturally, or close to deal with seasonal extremes.
Our customers were looking for a design that captured that feeling of warmth and coziness in the chalet-type projects they experienced in mountainous regions around the world. The interior expression of a house lined with wood imbues the house with this warmth and depth of natural charm.
âThe result is amazing because that’s all we wanted in terms of the way we live in the house, and the warmth and closeness that the original brief looked for, but there is a modern architectural benefit to the whole house that makes it extraordinary to live. “JNS – Client.
Our client was stylistically inspired by non-contemporary buildings, including rural vernacular types of European and American heritage.