Carrickalinga Shed | Architects Ink

Carrickalinga Shed | Architects Ink | Photographer: Corey Roberts

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Carrickalinga Shed | Architects Ink

Traditional Land Owners
The Kaurna People

South Australia

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Sustainable Architecture
Owner builder
Corey Roberts
Thurston Empson
Project summary

The premise was an interpretation of an Australian Federation Farmhouse, sited on a hilltop in Carrickalinga.

With extreme winds, we manipulated the traditional farmhouse, stretching the perimeter to a square, whilst removing the center for the courtyard. With the verandah on the ‘wrong’ side we inverted the roof. This creates a low eave to the protected garden allowing solar gain and solar access.

The apertures were aligned, framing the views of the landscape. Industrial shutters filter the amount of light desired, tuning the house to the seasons. All rooms have dual aspect to both sea and the garden.

Exterior walls and shutters are clad in heritage galvanized corrugated iron, folding over the ridge, and lining the internal valleyed roof. Structural columns were used as downpipes harvesting rainwater.

The dwelling is true to ‘place’, minimising its impact to its landscape and carbon footprint.

Finally, I’m home sick when travelling, missing the stunning visual geometry, light-filled transparent spaces, internal silence, serenity balancing wild farm ocean winds, milky way star filled bedrooms.

No longer yearning to camp wild in the Flinders Ranges looking for peace, a break from work in firefighting and child protection. We have found it here, in this amazing place.

Family, friends flock to visit, rest a while, gather in the simple yet magnificent rooms gazing upon the panoramic ocean through frames, pick herbs from the internal garden where little grandchildren play and learn, protected.

We breathe deeply and live longer.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Landskap, Landscape Architect
Triaxial Consulting, Structural Engineer

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