Goomburra Farmhouse

Musgrave, Elizabeth and Price, John, Goomburra Farmhouse, Goomburra, Warwick, QLD, Australia, .

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Designer Musgrave, Elizabeth
Price, John
Design title Goomburra Farmhouse
Project name Goomburra House
Location Goomburra, Warwick, QLD, Australia
Project start date 2008
Publisher John Price Elizabeth Musgrave Architects
Place published Brisbane, Australia
Total pages 1 Design project
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Design/Architectural work
Formatted abstract
1. Research Background: This project is involves the design of a farm-house for a rural property in the district of Goomburra on the Darling Downs, South East Queensland. The Darling Downs is characterised by a temperate climate. Temperatures are more extreme than those experienced on adjacent coastal plains. The property is located in a fertile valley of highly reactive black soil, enclosed by stony ridges. Goomburra Creek winds through the valley. Rather than attempting to build on the open valley floor, a decision was made to site the house on a lightly wooded ridge and to incorporate into a circuit. The final site overlooks the property and offers long views to the east and west.

2. Research Contribution: The proposition for a farm-house begins by marking out territory with a platform for living and places for occupation with a skillion roof. The roof is folded to form a protective screen to the west and opens to create a courtyard allowing sun to penetrate deep into the house in winter. It responds to local environmental conditions. However the braced roof form also recalls local farming structures. The courtyard house form recalls Aalto’s Summer House.

3. Research Significance: The design of the Goomburra Farmhouse aligns with an approach to architectural design identified by David Leatherbarrow in Topographic Studies. Specific works are assessed in terms of performance architecturally to describe more fully architecture responding to the circumstances surrounding and contributing to it. Such thinking leads to design processes that are propositional or ‘pre-predictive’ in character. In Goomburra elements of form are considered in terms of their performative roles; elements work to establish settings that enable and enhance patterns of living. Through this work, elements link technique - both constructional and environmental - to cultural ideas and practices - both local historical associations and broader disciplinary ideas.

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