Darling Downs Residence

Project + Services

New 86m2 ancillary home design on large rural equestrian estate
Design, DA + IFC documentation

Brief + Proposal

The brief was to design a small French Provincial-style house as ancillary accommodation to a 5 acre boutique Equestrian Estate in Darling Downs. The tight 86m2 footprint was to include 3 bedrooms comfortably, with stringent energy efficiency requirements.

The design is a hybrid of traditional French Provincial architecture with modern detailing. The style is expressed formally and materially through the steep 50° pitch slate roof, splayed eaves, stone fireplace and chimney, French windows, curved architraves, timber flooring and framing. These features play host to contemporary elements such as flat screen TVs, A/C and sterio equipment. Space-saving forms such as a galley kitchen and a tightly wound spiral stair have also been integrated.

Energy efficiency was achieved without compromising the window-heavy style through materials such as the Formcraft walling system, triple argon-filled glazing and foil and foam roof insulation. A sense of space is created through considered internal planning and interior design. A light colour scheme reflects and amplifies natural light entering through the large windows. The small floor area is compensated with volume, as the ceiling is lined on the rake, allowing a grander perception of space.

The design was a finalist in the 2013 BDA WA Awards for Small Residential Buildings, and a finalist in 2 categories of the 2013 Australian Timber Design Awards.