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Luxury 10-acre farm by Robson Rak Architects

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St Kilda-based architectural practice, Robson Rak Architects, have designed the Merricks House project. The luxury 10-acre farm is located in Merricks North, Australia.

According to the architects: “The clients; a couple with two young boys, had bought a 10-acre rural farm block with a little farmhouse in Merricks North, 50 minutes drive from Melbourne. The property was bought as a weekender with the intention of building a new house with enough room for their family to grow and enjoy through the generations.

“The clients had also sought a south facing site due to one of them having a particular sensitivity to direct sunlight.

“The initial brief for the house was for a simple rectangular box with symmetrical spaces. The objective being for the creation of order and symmetry to simplify ones life. In addition to this there was to be no direct harsh light into the house; just a natural glow of light throughout.

“We convinced the clients that by breaking up this rectangular boxed plan we could create more interesting spaces that offered the order and quiet the client desired but also created a dynamic building which also offered surprising little retreats such as the window seat next to the fireplace.

“By responding to the natural fall of the land we created two levels to the building with three distinct zones, the effect being a long, low presence on the landscape.

“The ‘Plane’ tree outside the master bedroom to the south determined the planning and position of the house. The master bedroom was centered off this tree and the house and its zones extend to the west from here.”

Images courtesy of Shannon McGrath

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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August 11, 2013 | Property | View comments

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