The Barn | Sparks Architects Pty Ltd

The Barn | Sparks Architects Pty Ltd | Photographer: Christopher Fredrick Jones

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

The Barn | Sparks Architects Pty Ltd

Traditional Land Owners
WakaWaka / Kabi Kabi



Sunshine Coast

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Dayne Lawrie Constructions
Christopher Fredrick Jones
Project summary

The centrepiece of a family’s rural retreat and productive farm, The Barn provides gathering and entertaining spaces for the family and their guests. It is accessed via a new bridge over Pencil Creek (which feeds Obi Obi creek) and through extensive landscaped gardens and creek banks.

The Barn sits on a raised area within a paddock and offers commanding views both up the valley to Mapleton Falls to the east, and to the west into the Obi Obi valley. The Barn has been designed to allow for future changes of use, services for which have been integrated into the current build. It is envisioned that in time the property could function as Paddock to Plate Restaurant and Regenerative Farm Retreat. The Barn is self-sufficient with rainwater tanks, an 18kw photovoltaic array combined with battery storage, and on site sewage treatment system, and prolific integrated food production.

The barn is a project that our family had envisaged for over 15 years, without knowing exactly in what form it would take, or where it would be located. The brief was to create a space for extended family and friends to enjoy, capturing the essence of places we enjoy across the Pacific, and befitting to a rural retreat setting that embedded itself in amongst the natural landscape setting.

Dan and the team simply exceeded all expectations, managing the project well beyond the initial scope, to deliver what is a truly remarkable environment that brings immense joy to us all.

Project Practice Team

Dan Spparks, Design Architect
Michael Cornish, Project Architect
Robert Morris, Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Alta Engineering – Mat Bruton, Structural Engineer
Simon Thomas Landscaping, Landscape Consultant

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The Barn | Sparks Architects Pty Ltd | Photographer: Christopher Fredrick Jones

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