New South Wales
Conceived as a site for special gatherings, yoga retreats, workshops and weddings – as well as the occasional weekender for themselves – our clients wanted a house that would comfortably house 15 and offer an experience quite different to city living. The project had to embody the spirit of camping, of ‘roughing it’ – but at the same time called for a kind of stripped-back, almost monastic decadence.
We worked directly and aggressively with two existing structures of questionable quality – a timber barn and brick project home – gutting them, lopping off roofs, cutting holes here and there, adding new material and functional layers to create a family of pavilions linked by covered ways and courtyards. Guests will experience contrasting rhythms of enclosure and landscape, passing from spaces with an intense interiority through courtyard-rooms offering intimate and also distant landscape relationships.