A place for wildness: Eumundi House
media release 10.02.20

A place for wildness: Eumundi House

‘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.

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.

New structures reference Australian rural vernaculars in form and materials of corrugated steel and timber. The new house is carved around the site, responding to the landscape, culminating in a high roof gable to the north, framing a view of Mt Cooroy – a significant natural feature of the region. Geometry of the house evolved from a simple shed form of gable roof over orthogonal plan, with the gable roof extending above the living room and partially over the north deck. The detached garage is a simpler form, a mediating fragment between the house and original farmstead.

The first new structure to be built – the horse pavilion – turns the typical horse shelter inside out, with no corrals or gates to confine or cause injury. At its core are a ‘tack’ room, trailor and food store, supporting a broad cantilevered roof. Essentially a verandah, under which the horses can freely move.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.

‘Cohabitation with the horses was a driving force in us building a new home here. The herd congregates regularly at the verandah waiting for me; it’s one of my greatest joys. The design has given the gift of freedom and choice in the essential structures needed for living.’ – Lynn Scott, client

It is separate yet visible from the house, allowing a respectful close contact between horses and people. The house and outdoor decks are elevated to allow the horses safe, but limited access to the domestic edges of the house. A strong working relationship with the local builder and tradespeople saw a skilled resolution of the west-facing timber screen, to operate effortlessly as a louvre, while elegantly referencing the crude slab huts of early settlement.

Roof areas perform several sustainability functions with broad eaves mitigating sun, rainwater harvesting for irrigation and solar panels to come. A ‘spitter’ off the north gable directs runoff into a new riparian zone encouraging ecological diversity. To mitigate sun on the west face of the house, rough-sawn planks, sourced from a local mill, are assembled into a rustic screen, pivoting like louvres.

Count down to World Architecture Festival 2019
media release 27.11.19

Count down to World Architecture Festival 2019

Let the games begin!

Just a few days to go until the World Architecture Festival (WAF). The largest global gathering of architects, planners and designers (the ‘built environment Olympics’!) kicks off on Wednesday 4 December. Thousands of architects, planners and designers are right now heading to the host city of Amsterdam, where they’ll compete for the highest honours of: World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.

For our CEO & Principal Design, Michael Heenan, 2019 is a very special WAF – his 10th year as an invited judge or jury chair. It’s also 10 years since he accepted AJ+C’s WAF award for Berry Recreation Hall, Berry Sports and Recreation Centre, as 2009 Sports Category winner. We followed this in 2017, winning World Future Project of the Year and Future Masterplan of the Year for Sydney Fish Market Reference Scheme, which unlocks kilometres of harbour foreshore for the city.

“One of the great joys and benefits of judging at WAF is you’re exposed to the most innovative new architecture and planning ideas on the planet. The breadth and scale is staggering. This year some of my favourite projects are in Education. The rapid change of pedagogy world-wide, and its effect on future workplaces, makes this the most acutely observed category, in my view,” says Michael.

WAF presentations run to strict rules and timing. The competition taps into our collegiate spirit. Every year AJ+C helps Australian WAF contenders sharpen their pitch by hosting a practice night in our Sydney studio, inviting shortlisted local architects to present in front of eminent judges.

“They’re not judging the building, but presentation style and the ability to influence. It’s become a great annual event in our studio, not only for the talks, but the chance to engage the profession in discussions.”

For interview opportunity with Michael Heenan please contact:

Dimity Pinto Dimity@fredcommunications.com.au 0412 164 333

Q+A with our new associate, Luis Ausin Gomez.
media release 26.11.19

Q+A with our new associate, Luis Ausin Gomez.

What are your qualifications.
I studied Master of Architecture and I am a registered Architect in Spain. I’ve also studied 8 years of Music and Piano in the Conservatory.

When did you realise you wanted to be an architect?
As a child, I used to pass entire days with friends discovering buildings and hidden treasures in the old quarter of my hometown. I grew up with a strong sense of discovery linked to places with so much history. Years later, I found the same sense of discovery and curiosity doing projects at the school of Architecture.

What attracted you to the profession?
The possibilities of architecture hinging on the duality of utopia and necessity. I believe that question does not get fully answered, which calls for constant innovation. It’s scary to feel sometimes a certain degree of complacency in our profession.

What has been the most significant influence on your career to date?
Without a doubt it has been the people I’ve worked with and many of them have become good friends. Over the last 12 years, architecture has given me the opportunity to work in 4 continents with amazing people, which is what matters at the end of the day.

What attracted you to Australian architecture?
Its answer to nature with minimum use of materials and lightness. It’s radical and meaningful.

What do you think are your best qualities? How do these qualities help you in your work?
I’m curious about things and I also need to know ‘why?’

What attracted you to working at AJ+C?
Its contextual approach to projects. It has a great range of projects across very interesting sectors that provides great opportunities for innovation.

What is it about AJ+C that makes you most proud of working here?
Being part of the sports sector team has been great.

What’s been your greatest accomplishment at AJ+C?
I’m grateful for the opportunity of having contributed to some of the projects developing in NSW regional areas. In particular, Police Community Youth Club (PCYC) Walgett. The location and conditions have driven the design to be cost effective, easy to build and maintain.

What do you enjoy most in your role?
Setting up and developing strong architectural strategies that are capable of growing through the hardships of a project process and becoming meaningful to all the agents involved in it. Beginning to end.

Which project in your career have been the most significant to you? What was it about that project that was important for you?
All of them for different reasons. I would mention the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao. We were a young team of architects out of the school, working collaboratively, over 4 years: discussing, researching, experimenting, making decisions… We didn’t give up any of the main design principles we thought were critical. It taught me that nothing is irrelevant in a project.

Social Media

news 11.02.20
Koala Adoption

To help the survival of our iconic native koalas, AJ+C has shown further commitment to the @portmacquariekoalahospital by adopting all the exhibition koalas for the year.🐨 . These adoptions will also help the hospital with the rescue and treatment of sick and injured koalas and release them back to their home range if possible. It will also aid the preservation and expansion of habitat, collection of information for research relating to habitat, disease, nutrition of wild koalas, to provide educational material and to increase public awareness of all aspects of the koalas. . . #bushfireaustralia #prayforaustralia #bushfires #koalarescue #koalaadoption #architectsajc #koalahospital

news 8.02.20
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Early last year AJ+C supported the @portmacquariekoalahospital with a design concept for a complete revamp. This included new publicly accessible permanent resident koala yard up amongst the trees, aswell as private rehab yards, new clinical facilities, museum kiosk, training, research and meeting places. . We are excited to announce that this work has been instrumental in the hospital being granted $5M of the $6.25M upgrade. . With less than estimated 100,000 koalas left in the wild, the protection of these iconic native animals has become even more crucial. . It is our hope that this grant will help the hospital to treat more burnt, injured and orphaned koalas and nurse them back into the wild. . #architectsajc #koalahospital #bushfireaustralia

news 12.09.19
New Director of Urban Design at AJ+C

We are proud to announce that Duncan Corrigall has been promoted to the role of Director – Urban Design.

Duncan is both an Urban Designer and a registered Architect with international experience, giving him an understanding of both the macro and micro scale. With experience working across Australia and internationally, Duncan’s promotion strengthens AJ+C’s multi-sector expertise and reinforces our reputation for sensitive contextual designs that achieve great real-world outcomes.

Duncan is working with public and private sector clients to shape successful places across Sydney. In addition to several significant Commercial in Confidence assignments currently underway, some of Duncan’s key projects include;

Western Sydney Parklands Trust (WSPT) Community Hubs
Lindfield Village Hub
Metro West

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Michael Heenan Judges at @worldarchfest 2019

Our CEO, @mheenan20 deliberates with his fellow judges, Tim Kwan from @office.aio and Paloma Hernaiz from @ohlab_architecture, on the winner of completed Buildings – Display Category . Congratulations to the winner – The Vessel by @officialheatherwickstudio . #architectsajc #WAF19