Lune de Sang is an intergenerational venture that will see the transformation of a former dairy property into a sustainably harvested forest with trees that take up to 300 years to mature.
The site is comprised of two working sheds, a family pavilion, a log cabin and the general manager's residence. The residence occupies a key position in the rural landscape and the buildings have been sited to overlook the entrance gate and the overall property.
The residence was conceived to calibrate its functions around the general manager's professional and family life. It is comprised of a combined office / dwelling and a detached shed. The office is located at the northern end of the building and works together with the adjacent verandah space.
Designed to withstand bushfires, the building's exterior is cladded with zincalume sheets and fire resistant hardwoods. The verandah is articulated by oversized columns, which accentuate the residence's presence and frame the landscape beyond. It not only serves as a viewing platform but also contributes to moderating the sub-tropical climate and during summer months turns into a second circulation zone between rooms.
The generic gable roof allows the residence to maintain a low profile in this vast setting. The shape of the roof is reflected within the interior of the residence with walls rising to meet geometry of pitched planes and junctions. Sliding doors are externally hung to create sharply defined viewports that capture the green landscape from within. This experience is enhanced by contrasting the intensity of these framed views with a mute interior palette; comprised of concrete floors and white walls.
The general manager's residence is a reinterpretation of the traditional rural homestead. It is quiet and respectful of its setting. In its neutral expression it longs to this notion of timelessness.
The site's transformation and design process is documented here.