The Farm House
EHDO Architecture
Margaret River, WA, Australia

Photography Kelsey Jovanou
Project Specification
Project Name: The Farm House
Project Type: Residential ,
Location: Margaret River, WA, Australia
Lead Architect: Dimitri Kapetas ,
Area: 392m2 ,
Project Year: 2017 ,
Photographer: Kelsey Jovanou
Builder: Pete McCarthy ,
Architects: EHDO Architecture ,
Engineer: Bill Smalley ,
Location: Margaret River, WA, Australia ,

Located on a working farm near Margaret River, The Farm House by EHDO Architecture was designed for the next generation to work the property.

With an exposed site it was critical that the climactic influences were controlled by EHDO through the design process, in order to maximise winter warmth and summer cooling.

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Designed as two overlapping pavilions, one for communal living, the other for sleeping the house contains a number of protected outdoor spaces for different times of the year. Spaces are designed to capture and moderate light, accentuating the sequence of spaces and providing a range light and material qualities responding to the use of each space.

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Careful consideration is paid to the positioning and choice of materials to maximise the passive solar performance and thermal comfort of the house. Thick rammed earth walls are arranged in a ‘radiator’ formation through the middle of the pavilions which helps to maintain a comfortable consistent temperature, while highly insulated frame walls are utilised for the external walls.

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The use of raw zincanneal and concrete against rammed earth and timber provide physical & aesthetic warmth with a sense of grounding the building to its site & context.

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This robust house was designed by EHDO to handle hard work farming life while retaining the softness and warmth of a family home.

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Published 25 June, 2018
Photography  Kelsey Jovanou
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