Iconic architecture reinterpreted - Tonimbuk

Located on 10 acres in the Bunyip State Park, this energy efficient home pays homage to the iconic Australian ‘wool shed’. Through creatively integrating existing brick walls and harnessing southerly views into the design, a highly functional and context driven country home has been achieved.

The house has been designed to sit lightly on the ground using a balance of old and new built form and materials: timber floors and decks, recycled bricks, and natural, raw materials. Segments of the reclaimed red brick walls act as thermal heat bank storage walls for the home, helping to moderate the internal temperatures. The water self-sufficient home has rainwater tanks and solar hot water heating.

The full height sliding glass doors, running the length of the home, allow the owner to ‘live in the environment’. The generous internal wall space, essential for displaying artwork, together with spacious entertaining areas, all combine to create a striking, modern, farmhouse-style home.

Winner, Best residential design of a new home up to $300,000, 2011, Building Designers Association of Victoria. 

Winner, Most innovative use of brick, 2011, Building Designers Association of Victoria. 


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  • energy efficient home design

  • reclaimed bricks

  • thermal heat bank walls

  • heat bank thermal store

  • no heating and cooling

  • reclaimed commercial kitchen

  • southerly views