Goorambat House and Shed was designed to a clear philosophy of house as an enhancer. It enhances appreciation of place and conditions as well as one’s day-to-day activities.
Fundamental is an idea of a ‘modern homestead’, valuing an outward looking building connected to its greater context. A primal virtue of which is when inside, one also feels outside. Core ideas and their values that drove the design include the concept of the walled courtyard garden with a microclimate for family life; climate responsive design for thermal comfort and energy conservation; off-grid services systems for energy and water resilience and freedom; and situating and designing house and shed for a meaningful relationship with the landscape, town, and grain silos.
The project is a unique contextual response that showcases the merits of rammed earth, passive design, and how off-grid services systems can support a high standard of living and provide climate resilience.
Richard Austin, Design & Project Architect
Co-Perform, ESD Consultant
Kersulting Pty. Ltd., Civil Consultant
Kersulting Pty. Ltd., Structural Engineer