Jenkins Farmhouse

Rural Residential, Australia – AIA Canberra Medallion


A vernacular response to rural life in a semi-arid climate. An articulated masonry spine extends east-west across the landscape forming the backbone of the scheme – conceptually, structurally and climatically. It houses service areas and buttresses fine steel-frames that project north over the living spaces. The blade roof gathers precious rainwater, cantilevering to its structural limit to precisely control solar gain, providing broad shade over summer, while admitting winter sun deep into the interior. Vertical slots punctuate the composition to induce cross flow ventilation. The Jenkins Farmhouse received the Australian Institute of Architects 'Canberra Medallion', awarded to architecture of an 'exemplary standard'.

Photography: Simon Kringas, Paul Cavka, Rob Tindal, Ben Wrigley.

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