Shearers Quarters

This beguiling shearers quarters sits as a companion building to an existing historic cottage on a working sheep farm.

Located on the site of the old shearing shed that was destroyed by fire, the residence houses shearers, and family and friends on annual tree planting weekends and retreats.

The plan form transforms along its length to shift the profile of a slender skillion at the western end to a broad gable at the east. The geometry of this shift is carried through to the layout of internal walls, lining boards and window frames.

A singular palette of materials is used with corrugated galvanised iron to the exterior, and timber internally. Inside is a large open living/dining/kitchen area, bathroom and laundry, two bedrooms and a bunkroom.

The primary internal lining is Pinus Macrocarpa sourced from many different suppliers principally as individual trees from old rural windbreaks.

The bedrooms are lined in recycled apple box crates, sourced from the many old orchards of the Huon Valley where the timber remained stacked but unused since the late 1960s.

More Information

James Blackburn Triennial Prize for Residential Architecture - Australian Institute of Architects, Tasmania 2015, The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses, Australian Institute of Architects National Awards 2012. 2012 Winner, Australian House of the Year, HOUSES Award. – 2012 Winner, Villa Category, World Architecture Festival . - 2012 Winner, New House Under 200m2, HOUSES Award. - The Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture. Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter 2012 - Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter 2012 - Runner up in The AR House Award 2012, London, United Kingdom.
Further More
Gordon Kanki Knight, Shearers Quarters “A fascination with materials is one of the few signatures of Wardle’s otherwise eclectic buildings, and it can be seen

See Also

Bruny Island Community Hall