A small private resort set on a sheep station in outback NSW, Burrawang West is a contemporary interpretation of the Australian Homestead tradition. The building forms are based on the typologies found in a traditional homestead: main house, cottages, shearing sheds, haysheds and barns. They are grouped in clusters according to their function and sited in an oasis of cultivated gardens which provide a transition zone between the homestead and the vast rural landscape. The main homestead enjoys a commanding view over the property. The other groups of buildings are located in direct response to the opportunities presented by the site.
“Close to the geographical heart of NSW sits one of the quiet achievers of Australian architecture – a collection of contemporary structures that have captured the essence of bush buildings. Iconic and familiar in their form, they have the look and feel of ages, but are only 10 years old. In lesser hands, the result could have been clichéd. Instead, there is a subtlety to the architecture, a spare and contemporary interpretation of traditional Australian farm buildings, coupled with a Zen-like respect for the crafting of timber structures.”
David Clark, Vogue Living, January 2004