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Wedge-Shaped Pastoral Cabins

The Shearers Quarters is a Blend of Old and New Australian Design

— October 9, 2012 — Eco
There's no doubt about the incredibly contemporary aesthetic impression of the Shearers Quarters by John Wardle Architects, yet it cleverly incorporates an abundance of references to a much more rustic presence. Built to replace an earlier dwelling that had been destroyed by fire, this abode is intended to house the employees of sheep farms and their families in the gorgeous Tasmanian countryside.

An abstract form to the structure produces a modern silhouette and an unusual arrangement of spaces within. It's been clad in the characteristic Australian corrugated iron and fitted with warm wooden paneling throughout the entire interior. Despite its apparent crispness, the timber used in the bedrooms is actually the boards of 1960s apple crates. Pinus Macrocarpa dresses the majority of the sloping ceilings, the angled walls and the floors of the Shearers Quarters for a handsome harmony of bucolic and newfangled design.
Trend Themes
1. Rustic-contemporary Design - The blending of old and new design elements creates opportunities for disruptive innovation in the interior design and architectural industries.
2. Re-purposed Materials - Using unconventional materials in innovative ways offers potential for disruptive innovation in the construction and manufacturing industries.
3. Abstract Forms - Exploring non-traditional shapes and forms in building design presents opportunities for disruptive innovation across the architecture and engineering industries.
Industry Implications
1. Interior Design - The Shearers Quarters design offers potential for disruptive innovation and experimentation with combining rustic and contemporary design elements.
2. Construction - The use of unconventional materials and building methods in the Shearers Quarters presents opportunities for disruptive innovation in sustainable and affordable housing construction.
3. Architecture - Exploring non-traditional shapes and forms, such as the abstract design of the Shearers Quarters, offers potential for disruptive innovation in architectural design.
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