Located on the site of an original farmhouse built in the 1800’s, the Moss River house presents as a collection of stone, glass and timber buildings running across the landscape towards the Yass River.

Project Name: Moss River House
Studio Name:
Cox Architecture
Project size: 318 m2
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 1
Location: Yass, Australia
Photography: Ben Wrigley

Moss River House by Cox Architecture - Sheet1
Rear View ©Ben Wrigley

Two new living pavilions are stitched to remnant stone cottages by a simple glazed structure made of natural materials. The old cottages act as entry portals, flanking the arrival point through a massive solid timber pivoting door. Walls made from local field stone enclose and define interior spaces; the roof presents as a series of horizontal planes supported by exposed steel columns.

Moss River House by Cox Architecture - Sheet2
Entrance Lobby ©Ben Wrigley

An honest approach to materials and structure connects the building with its rural surrounds, while refinement is found in the details and sense of transparency. Our client Fiona said, “We had a long-held dream to one day restore the old blue stone homestead ruins on our working farm. It had to be a practical home that provided for our extreme summer and winter temperatures.

Moss River House by Cox Architecture - Sheet3
Exterior View ©Ben Wrigley

We were thrilled that our architect loved the ruins and his enthusiasm for designing a home that incorporated the old house was infectious. Fortunately for us his initial sketches were both stunning and practical. Our home, with views of the surrounding farmland, grazing livestock and the flowing YassRiver is a pleasure to live in.


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