The shearers down on Bruny Island have something wonderful to look forward to at the end of a hard days work. Sitting pretty on a hilltop near the southern most tip of Australia, is the Shearers Quarters designed by John Wardle Architects, which has just received Tasmanian Architecture’s Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture.
Located on a working sheep farm, the shearers quarters has been designed to sit lightly on the landscape. Double glazed windows ward off the chill of the icy temperatures sweeping off the ocean, ventilation louvers sweep cool air through the house during summer, and on site waste water treatment and solar panels make the home self sufficient.
Inside timber wall cladding and recycled materials have been used throughout, creating a soft and welcoming atmosphere – just what a shearer needs at the end of a shift.
Architects: John Wardle Architects
Photography by Trevor Mein