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‘The idea for turning a shed inside out for the horses came from watching how the herd would congregate under one of several mature fig trees on the property. They were sheltered but free to move, to adapt to both the weather and personality disputes within the herd. No fences, gates or corals that typical farm buildings use to control the movement of animals. So although it’s a small project, it’s quite radical in the rural context.’ –Peter Ireland, Principal AJ+C
Eumundi House reflects a different approach to rural life. The clients wanted the architecture of three modest new structures to help forge a close relationship with a herd of brumbies that now have free rein of their 35-acre property in the Noosa hinterland.
A farm without fences where people and animals freely co-exist The design maintains an original farmstead and adds two outbuildings: a modest home of one bedroom plus study, and a detached garage. Together with the farmstead, they define the property’s domesticated zone without the fences or barricades typical to rural estates. Downhill to the west, a horse pavilion is added beside a large unfenced paddock, where the owner works with the horses.
The lack of fences between house and outbuildings supports the clients’ greater landscape projects of habitat regeneration to encourage diversity, and free movement of wildlife and the horses across the property. Their vision is not a wilderness as such, but a place for wildness.
- GFA240 m²