Orrong Farmhouse is located on the Mornington Peninsula amongst small rural holdings. The project is a contemporary residential extension of a conventional brick veneer dwelling.
A simple internal steel portal frame structure is wrapped in floor to ceiling smooth and seamless butt-jointed double glazing, the pavillion delicately hovering over the site. Detailing and materials are restrained to ensure the colours and textures of the ever-changing landscape dominate the interiors. A single floating fireplace element provides focus to the Living spaces whilst the Kitchen/Pantry pod adds further spatial definition.
The new pool and garage pavillions stretch out over the site and are interconnected via courtyards and pergolas, offering both protection from the elements and revealing new vistas beyond.The new works are a collection of long and low buildings in the tradition of expansive single level rural buildings. Both pool and garage buildings adopt basic construction methods of economical steel portal frames with fibreglass sheet cladding. The buildings are filled with natural daylight, transforming into glowing garden lanterns at night.
The project adopts a variety of integrated sustainable design initiatives. Climate control is achieved through high performance double glazing and high levels of ceiling, roof and floor insulation. The narrow single volume floor plate provides for excellent cross ventilation. Rainwater is collected on site via two 50,000Litre underground water tanks and all waste is treated on site. Lighting is low energy compact fluorescent and LED. All new spaces have full north aspect and receive an abundance of controlled natural light via extensive use of sun shading devices.
The project offers a subtle and delicate engagement with the natural elements through spatial transitions and a dynamic play of light and reflections which capture the many and varied moods of the site.