House of the Year

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Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

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Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

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Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

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Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

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Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

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Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

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A beautiful residential project - both a working farm building and a place of retreat - by John Wardle Architects has been named 2012 Australian House of the Year in the annual Houses Awards programme, presented by Houses magazine.

Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects

“This is an ambitious house that compels us to reflect on the inherent beauty of living. Set within a historic farming property in Tasmania, it is both a working farm building and a place of retreat. It is also a model for modest, small-footprint, environmentally responsive houses. The form of the rudimentary shed is the vehicle for an inquisitive exploration of detail, form and context. The material expression has a farm-sense quality and draws heavily on recycled timber and convict-era handmade bricks. This is a finely tuned and beautifully synthesised building that is a reminder of the essential systems and patterns of domestic life.”

The Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects was also awarded New House under 200 square metres category. View other 2012 Houses Awards winners here.


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