Project: Limerick House / Modern Timber-Clad Addition
Architects: Solomon Troup Architects
Lead Architects: Lachlan Troup, Beth Solomon
Location: Eganstown, Victoria, Australia
Area: 195.0 m2
Photography: Tatjana Plitt
Limerick House is a modern timber-clad addition to an existing dwelling on a rural Victorian property. The new addition orientates the home towards the expansive country hillside views, providing a connection to its surrounds not evident in the existing dwelling.
“The form of the addition was inspired by the dilapidated timber shearing sheds that inhabit the local area.” said Solomon Troup
The exterior of the addition is clad entirely in spotted gum decking boards, stained black to enhance the resemblance the materiality of the dilapidated shearing sheds. The aging of the timber as it silvers off will further enhance this resemblance.
Silvertop ash lining boards were used extensively internally to contrast the dark, timber clad exterior, and to encourage the traditional notion of a warm winter weekend cabin.
The gabled form of the addition responds to the existing pitched roofs of the existing house. The new modern timber-clad addition has the same dimensions and shape as the existing three railway cottages used to build the existing house, but is sloped on the eastern boundary to create a doorway, used to link the house to another existing house on the property.