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October 9, 2021

Located on Bruny Island in Tasmania, the remote off grid cabin was the first of two major building projects crafted by John Wardle Architects on the Waterview property. Initially, John focused on sustainability, rejuvenating farm values and the stewardship of the land before contemplating building anything. After planting nearly 10,000 trees with family, friends and staff, Shearers Quarters began to take form.

As a remote off grid cabin, the architecture and interior design of Shearers Quarters is a humble undertaking. With a strong emphasis placed upon sustainability and craft, Shearers Quarters tells a story of the past with a contemporary elevation and vision for the future. Celebrating corrugated iron in its exterior, the remote off grid cabin is completely sheathed internally in timber. A strong effort was made to incorporate sustainable building practices wherever possible – the living room’s timber material was sourced from nine different places after John put an ad in the local paper. Creatively, apple-box timber is also used to line the walls of the bedrooms.

As a remote off grid cabin, the home is relatively pared back, allowing the interior design to emerge as both balanced and simple. A colourful bookshelf and a long plank-like piece of joinery runs along the length of the living room – honouring John’s collection of eclectic objects – are the two main features within the interior space.

In addition to the two main properties situated on Waterview’s expansive land, John Wardle and his team have also built a myriad of structures along the landscape, allowing a sense of play and adventure to take hold across the property. This is just another way that the property of Waterview and the remote off grid cabin celebrate carpentry and craftsmanship. With much affection, Waterview and Shearers Quarters has become very much an integral part of John Wardle Architects and as an important way to honour craft and architectural practice.

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Architecture by John Wardle Architects.
Photography by Rory Gardiner.
Filmed and Edited by Cheer Squad Film Co.
Production by The Local Project.

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