Moss River House

Yass, New South Wales

Located on the site of an original farmhouse built in the 1800’s, the Moss River house presents as a collection of stone, glass and timber buildings running across the landscape towards the Yass River.

Two new living pavilions are stitched to remnant stone cottages by a simple glazed structure made of natural materials. The old cottages act as entry portals, flanking the arrival point through a solid timber pivoting door of massive proportions. Walls made from local field stone enclose and define the new interior spaces; the roof presents as a series of horizontal planes supported by exposed steel columns. An honest approach to materials and structure connects the building with its rural surrounds; while refinement is found in the details and sense of transparency.

Perhaps the best description of the project is by the client herself;
“We had a long-held dream to one day restore the old blue stone homestead ruins on our working farm. It had to be a practical home that provided for our extreme summer and winter temperatures. We were thrilled that our architect loved the ruins and his enthusiasm for designing a home that incorporated the old house was infectious. Fortunately for us his initial sketches were both stunning and practical. Our home, with views of the surrounding farmland, grazing livestock and the flowing Yass River is a pleasure to live in.”


  • Awards
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Commendation, Residential Architecture – Houses (New) Australian Institute of Architects ACT 2018

Project Status
Complete, 2017
Key Consultants
Murtagh Bond Structuresburo
Harris Hobbs Landscapes
Gross Floor Area
Don Gilson