This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

The Modern Australian Homestead

Architecture

How do you capture the spirit of horses, within the structure of a house? This was the question faced by young architecture firm Tecture, when enlisted to update an Australian homestead, located on a sprawling stud farm in Ceres outside Geelong.

We talk with Tecture director Ben Robertson, about drawing on equine elegance and strength to update this property and explore a new and luxe Australian vernacular.

23rd November, 2018

A contemporary take on the Australian homestead. Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Photo – Peter Clarke. Styling – Swee Design.

Lucy Feagins
Friday 23rd November 2018

The Ceres Gable House is a re-imagined Australian homestead, located within a 700-acre stud farm. The property consists of three family residences, originally build in the 1980s. Tecture architects were engaged to transform the beloved family home to accommodate changing family needs and add some ‘luxe’ to the site. The design reconsiders the architectural language of the Aussie homestead, in a contemporary context.

Ben Robertson explains the original house design as ‘a simple rectilinear form that was reminiscent of an Australian homestead.’ The brief was to enhance the liveability of the home, through introducing a butler pantry, generous laundry, and a new spacious living and dining area. This was achieved through a small extension, and clever re-zoning to improve internal flow, minimising the need for extensive building.

The architects united the new renovations and existing structures through rendering over the existing split face blockwork, and ‘creating a contrasting black colourbond extension to highlight the junction between the old and the new.’ The new Juliette style doors sit centrally, as the heart and entry into this stunning home. Ben highlights how the home ‘watches over the grounds, while its cantilever appears delicate, as if hovering above the landscape.’

The sleek exterior is echoed internally, as a masculine, moody palette blends with the soft curves of fixtures and fittings. An equine influence connects the interiors to the home’s stud farm setting, as classic herringbone stone floors meet with steel strapping details. Tecture’s designs were informed by an interest in the human connection to horses, as well as the animal’s characteristics of strength and stature, elegance and grace.

This Week

News

Ebony Truscott's Modern Day Masterpieces

A stunning exhibition of still-life paintings on now in Collingwood.
Sally Tabart

Architecture

A Loo With A View – This Bathroom Is Like No Other!

The one-way mirrored outhouse by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects disappears into nature, in Kangaroo Valley, NSW.
Miriam McGarry
  13 hours ago

Homes

A Family Rental With Real Heart

The Caufield Californian bungalow of interior designer Sara Levitas, her Rabbi husband Noam, and family.

Food

Alice Zaslavsky's Gefilte Fish Fritters

There’s no Passover dish that sparks more of a reaction than gefilte fish, so today we share the perfect 'gateway' recipe!
Alice Zaslavsky
01:01:05

Podcast

TDF Talks With Chef-Turned-Sustainable-Farmer Paul West

A surprisingly hilarious chat with the River Cottage Australia host, covering his atypical career path, and his philosophies on living a mor...

Art

Charting A Contemporary Artist’s Remarkable Oeuvre

Spanning almost four decades, Rosslynd Piggott’s ‘I sense you but I cannot see you’ is on now at NGV.
Elle Murrell

Art

'Mirka For Melbourne' Fundraiser Exhibition Opens At Heide

Mirka for Melbourne' opens this week, showcasing important acquisitions from the studio of Mirka Mora, funded by your donations!

News

WIN $500 To Spend At The New Australian HAY Online Store!

You could win $500 to spend at this just-launched e-shop for the Danish design icons, thanks to Cult!

News

The Bold And Brilliant Exhibition ‘Fashioning Black Identity’

African and African diaspora fashion, photography and portraiture at Cairns Art Gallery.
Miriam McGarry

TDF Collect

Announcing Our Next Exhibition, Elizabeth Barnett's 'Blue'

A new body of work from Macedon artist Elizabeth Barnett, opening Saturday April 27th at our Collingwood gallery.

Architecture

A Spectacular Unfolding House Overlooking Sydney Harbour

A minimalist marvel with serious harbour views, by Matthew Woodward Architecture in Vaucluse, Sydney.
Miriam McGarry

News

Free To Feed’s Annual Fundraising Bake Sale Is On This Friday!

Do something GREAT this Good Friday and help raise funds for a worthy cause!
Sally Tabart

Dream Job

From Intern to Senior Landscape Designer – Growing A Career At Eckersley Garden Architecture

26-year-old Joshua Cocks charts his journey from University intern to working across award-winning projects, with one of Australia's top fir...
Elle Murrell

Studio Visit

Carving Out A New Career With Courtney Petley

The New Zealand based designer and maker shares her handcrafted kitchen utensils, created with reclaimed timber.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

A Family Home That Pushes The Boundaries Between Art And Design

Interior designer Kate Challis transforms a Victorian shopfront in Fitzroy into a richly layered, art-filled family home.
Lucy Feagins
  21 hours ago

View Comments

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Surprise In Ballarat's Suburbs

Eldridge and Anderson architects create a big impact with a modest budget, in this Ballarat home.

Architecture

Contemporary Rural Architecture At Its Finest 

Seeley Architects introduce their wow-factor Lauriston House, nestled among the rolling hills of Kyneton, Victoria.
Elle Murrell

Architecture

A House Of Hidden Treasures

Explore this incredible Melbourne home, where modernity flourishes behind a heritage façade.

This Week

Architecture

A Loo With A View – This Bathroom Is Like No Other!

The one-way mirrored outhouse by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects disappears into nature, in Kangaroo Valley, NSW.
Miriam McGarry
  13 hours ago

TDF Collect

Announcing Our Next Exhibition, Elizabeth Barnett's 'Blue'

A new body of work from Macedon artist Elizabeth Barnett, opening Saturday April 27th at our Collingwood gallery.

News

The Bold And Brilliant Exhibition ‘Fashioning Black Identity’

African and African diaspora fashion, photography and portraiture at Cairns Art Gallery.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

A Family Home That Pushes The Boundaries Between Art And Design

Interior designer Kate Challis transforms a Victorian shopfront in Fitzroy into a richly layered, art-filled family home.
Lucy Feagins
  21 hours ago

News

Free To Feed’s Annual Fundraising Bake Sale Is On This Friday!

Do something GREAT this Good Friday and help raise funds for a worthy cause!
Sally Tabart

Architecture

A Spectacular Unfolding House Overlooking Sydney Harbour

A minimalist marvel with serious harbour views, by Matthew Woodward Architecture in Vaucluse, Sydney.
Miriam McGarry

Art

'Mirka For Melbourne' Fundraiser Exhibition Opens At Heide

Mirka for Melbourne' opens this week, showcasing important acquisitions from the studio of Mirka Mora, funded by your donations!

Homes

A Family Rental With Real Heart

The Caufield Californian bungalow of interior designer Sara Levitas, her Rabbi husband Noam, and family.

News

WIN $500 To Spend At The New Australian HAY Online Store!

You could win $500 to spend at this just-launched e-shop for the Danish design icons, thanks to Cult!

News

Ebony Truscott's Modern Day Masterpieces

A stunning exhibition of still-life paintings on now in Collingwood.
Sally Tabart
01:01:05

Podcast

TDF Talks With Chef-Turned-Sustainable-Farmer Paul West

A surprisingly hilarious chat with the River Cottage Australia host, covering his atypical career path, and his philosophies on living a mor...

Studio Visit

Carving Out A New Career With Courtney Petley

The New Zealand based designer and maker shares her handcrafted kitchen utensils, created with reclaimed timber.
Miriam McGarry

Dream Job

From Intern to Senior Landscape Designer – Growing A Career At Eckersley Garden Architecture

26-year-old Joshua Cocks charts his journey from University intern to working across award-winning projects, with one of Australia's top fir...
Elle Murrell

Food

Alice Zaslavsky's Gefilte Fish Fritters

There’s no Passover dish that sparks more of a reaction than gefilte fish, so today we share the perfect 'gateway' recipe!
Alice Zaslavsky

Art

Charting A Contemporary Artist’s Remarkable Oeuvre

Spanning almost four decades, Rosslynd Piggott’s ‘I sense you but I cannot see you’ is on now at NGV.
Elle Murrell

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Surprise In Ballarat's Suburbs

Eldridge and Anderson architects create a big impact with a modest budget, in this Ballarat home.

Architecture

Contemporary Rural Architecture At Its Finest 

Seeley Architects introduce their wow-factor Lauriston House, nestled among the rolling hills of Kyneton, Victoria.
Elle Murrell

Architecture

A House Of Hidden Treasures

Explore this incredible Melbourne home, where modernity flourishes behind a heritage façade.