There can't be many homes that begin life as a milking shed however the Myer's family farmhouse did exactly that. Looming out of its landscape like some kind of modern art gallery, it is upon closer inspection this home's rural references become clear.
The owner's brief to PAUA Architects was for an 'authentic rural home'. The architect's response is a surprising blend of simple farm building and contemporary abode. Architect Geoff Lentz of PAUA Architects devised a u-shaped, east-orientated plan centred around a roofed deck, designed to provide a protected outdoor environment sheltered from the prevailing winds. By maintaining the footprint of the earlier building the dwelling coexists happily amid farm sheds and paddocks.
Possessing raw impact with its red Colorsteel walls and basic form, this rural residence impresses with an unexpectedly sleek, honey-toned interior. The continued use of rugged building materials throughout the design reinforces its rural character in a modern and authentic way, and shares the vernacular of farm buildings dotted across Waikato paddocks.