Residential ArchitectureHousesModern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design (1)

Architects: Archterra Architects
Location: Margaret River, Western Australia
Photographer: Douglas Mark Black

This modern Australian farm house was designed by Archterra Architects in Margaret River, Western Australia.

Description by Archterra: This house sits along a ridge between sections of remnant jarrah bushland on a working cattle farm. The project aims to satisfy the owners requirements of a house with pitched roof and traditional farm house verandah wrapped into a contemporary home.

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design (13)

A primary outlook across paddocks to the east and a need to maintain a passive solar orientation to the north, generated a T shaped plan response. The living pavilion is orientated north, whilst the sleeping areas align east-west. Morning sun is moderated on the sleeping pavilion by the traditional verandah to the east whilst a thick rammed earth wall to the west ensures the thermal-lag effect of the earth wall keeps internal spaces cool into the late afternoon. Narrow louvre windows on this west elevation funnel cooling SW breezes through the house and present a minimal surface for afternoon sun to penetrate.

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design (2)

A mix of natural, tactile materials including rammed earth, oiled timber cladding, flooring and structure are contrasted with man-made materials of plasterboard, galvanised steel and corrugated metal cladding.

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design (11)

A 2kW solar array, evacuated tube solar hot water heater and blackwater recycling system compliment the passive solar design of the house. This modern Australian farm house had a life cycle assessment carried out by etool and achieved an overall GOLD rating.

bedroom, Archterra Architects

home office, Archterra Architects

kitchen, Archterra Architects

library, Archterra Architects

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design (4)

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design (7)

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design (12)

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design (10)

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design (3)

Perth Street Residence by Humphrey Homes

As a compact home of 260m2, the Perth Street Residence belies its small footprint, providing a spacious and light-filled home. Following the dicta ‘form follows function’, the client’s design brief called for a simple and unpretentious architectural aesthetic using strong honest forms free of embellishment.

Afife House / Guilherme Machado Vaz

The Afife house is built in the north of Portugal, in a rural settlement that was established at the foot of the hill and expanded towards the plain, which is used as arable land, and extends to the sea.

Double Happiness House by Glow Design Group

The Double Happiness House took shape in the computer. Layout first sorted, with different zones, and thinking of the way the floorplan would be used, keeping the powder room away from the kitchen

Acton Cove House by Bates Masi Architects

An active family with a love of boating wanted a home on Chesapeake Bay, surrounded by the maritime charm of Annapolis harbor. These traditional materials, layered with modern insulation, glazing, and building systems create a high-performance structure, contributing to the LEED Certification of the Acton Cove house.

Elegant Family Abode by Yoko Kloeden Design

Yoko Kloeden Design transformed a dated Victorian townhouse into an elegant family abode, set in the heart of Wandsworth, London.

Related Articles