Jenkins Farmhouse

Albury, NSW – AIA Canberra Medallion 1999


The Jenkins Farmhouse responds 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 the fine steel-frames that project north over the living spaces. A blade roof gathers precious rainwater, cantilevering to its structural limit to precisely control solar gain, giving deep shade in summer, while admitting winter sun deep into the interior. Vertical slots rhythmically punctuate the composition to induce cross flow ventilation, while articulating the masonry to accommodate movement in the reactive clay soil. The Jenkins Farmhouse received the Australian Institute of Architects premier award – the 'Canberra Medallion' – given to architecture of an 'exemplary standard'.

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

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