Coopworth | FMD Architects

2021 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

2021 Tasmanian Architecture Awards: People's Choice

Coopworth | FMD Architects


Nestled in the rural surrounds of Bruny Island, Tasmania, Coopworth is a contemporary interpretation of a country farmhouse. The house converses with the ever-changing landscape that includes Coopworth sheep, the wide-ranging views to the water and mountain ranges beyond, as well as the weathering red lead shacks dotted over the island.

The footprint of the house is consciously constrained to maximise arable land while maintaining generosity in its thoughtful internal arrangement. Although designed to accommodate two principal occupants, the house can be opened up to host family
and friends through creative interpretations of Australian verandah sleepouts and caravan bunk beds. Frameless windows are pushed to the edge of the floorplate to embrace wild winds and rains – at once inviting in the beauty and brutality of
the weather while offering protection from it.

Coopworth | FMD Architects | Photographer: Dianna Snape

Client perspective:
How does the design benefit the way you live/work/play/operate/educate/other?

“Our vision is a modern house to complement the immediate landscape of our sheep farm and its hilltop landscape in southern Tasmania. A house combines traditional farm building materials and look, incorporating corrugated iron, wood, concrete and rock with the modern, e.g. modwood and steel. We also wanted to incorporate modern amenities with a philosophy of minimal environmental impact, e.g. off-grid solar. Sitting solid and proud in the paddock, the house is not fenced off from the sheep (their wool insulates the ceiling in the living room, providing a distinctive feature).”


Practice team

Fiona Dunin | Design Architect

Jayme Collins | Project Architect

Alice Edwards | Project Architect

Robert Kolak | Design Detailer

Fady Ghabbour | Graduate of Architecture

Oscar Eltringham-Smith |  Assistant


IN2 Construction | Builder

Aldanmark Consulting Engineers | Structural Engineer

MCE Building Design | Town Planner

HoldFast P/L | Building Surveyor

Blue Lotus | ESD Consultant

Prowse Quantity Surveyors P/L | Quantity Surveyor

Dianna Snape | Photgrapher

National Partners

Principal Partner
National Corporate Partners
National Supporting Partners
National Supporting Partners
National Insurance Partner
National Media Partner
Preferred Photography Partner
State Partners

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