In the seemingly remote, granite hills of this northeast Victorian farm, Templeton was commissioned to create a weekend getaway. The house is situated on the same site that our client spent his childhood and is therefore layered with sentiment.

Project Name: Matilda
Studio Name: Templeton Architecture
Completion date: 2018
Location: Ruffy, Australia
Photography: Ben Hosking

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Outdoor Seating ©Ben Hosking

The old cottage was removed and replaced with a new dwelling that stretches out, parallel with the creek beyond, capturing views of each bend through an appreciation of the trees that line each curve.

Matilda by Templeton Architecture - Sheet2
Fireplace ©Ben Hosking

Given the extreme nature of the weather in the area, rammed earth was selected for its incredible thermal mass and natural beauty.

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Rear View ©Ben Hosking

The honest warmth of the material, and the depth of its construction, grounded the project into the natural contours of the land creating a sunken courtyard to the east.


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