The Sheep House

Iredale, A, Pedersen, F and Hook, M 2006, The Sheep House, (Creative Work : Design/architecture).

Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title The Sheep House
Author(s) Iredale, A
Pedersen, F
Hook, M
Year 2006
Type of work Design/architecture
Outlet published in "Small = Big, Islands + Space: New Australian Architecture" by Philip Goad in Architecture and Urbanism (A + U), Volume 7 number 8 (Pages pp. 54 - 65),
Medium Drawings & built work
Located in rolling hills of Victoria's 'Spa Country', the Sheep House by IPH is embedded firmly in the rich red earth. Appearing as a line across the landscape, the house is essentially a long thin volume of accommodation opening to the north. A deflection in plan creates a sense of enclosure to the south, defining an exterior 'room' of manufactured landscape captured from the paddock. Circles of lawn and of gravel counteract the linearity of the building.

This house by Martyn Hook (IPH) has a solid relationship with its site, forming the heart of its architectural significance. The south wall of the volume is constructed from thick, insulated pre-cast concrete panels that serve to reduce heat loss on the dark side of the building while also grounding the length of the form. All power is generated from the solar panels that cover the carport roof; in-slab hydronic heating and open fireplaces provide supplementary heating in cold winters. Large sliding panels of glass in the north wall are shaded by a vine-covered pergola and allow significant cross-ventilation, eliminating the need for air-conditioning. The residence continues a line of research that questions how the qualities of 'environmental architecture' may evolve from landscape, programme and materiality rather than from technological systems.

The project has been published in the highly influential A+U magazine (Tokyo), Monument and Houses magazines and was nominated House of the Month in the special Environmental Issue of Home Beautiful. It features in the chapter on Iredale Pedersen Hook in Next Wave, Davina Jackson's significant book documenting emergent Australian architecture practices and in A Place in the Country, an internationally distributed book from Images publishers The Sheep House won the award for Environmental Commitment at the 2008 Australian National Timber Awards and was runner-up for the Overall Award."
Subject Architectural Design
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