The setting of this house is on an expansive gently undulating plane in farmland outside of Cowra. The surrounding land is viewed overhead as a chequerboard of paddocks. The building responds to this rectilinear pattern, with a plan that is divided to reflect the functions of the building, located around a ‘home paddock’ in the form of a protected courtyard.
The building is a long, thin form and sits low when viewed in the landscape, referencing the ever present horizon line viewed in the distance. Rammed earth walls made from local soil capture the richness of the earth in the building itself and act as a grounding element in what can be an exposed area. Expansive views are offset by the enclosure of the courtyard, which will function as an additional living space for gatherings of family and friends.
As you approach the dwelling, a tall chimney from the courtyard fireplace pushes up to the sky as the only vertical element, signalling a return home. A rammed earth wall stretches out along the driveway providing a backdrop to the house capturing the changing light throughout the day.