FMD Architects

Nestled in the rural surrounds of Bruny Island, Tasmania, Coopworth is a contemporary interpretation of a country farmhouse. Through playful forms and an inventive approach to materials, Coopworth tactfully converses with the ever-changing landscape of Coopworth sheep, wide-ranging views, and weathering red lead shacks dotted over the island.

Coopworth’s footprint is consciously constrained to maximise arable land yet maintains generosity in its thoughtful internal arrangement. The contrast of lofty volumes and snug spaces is accentuated by a utilitarian palette of plywood linings and concrete floors, drawing focus to a dramatic ceiling lined with Coopworth wool from the property. Sealed with clear, polycarbonate corrugated sheeting, the wool enhances thermal performance while celebrating agricultural connections as an abstract wool fresco.

The northern elevation establishes a rhythm of window niches, capturing views to the water and mountain ranges beyond. Frameless glazing is pushed to the edge of the floorplate to embrace wild winds and rains. Occupants are at once immersed in the weather and well protected from it. While designed to accommodate two principal occupants, the house can be opened up to host family and friends through creative interpretations of Australian verandah sleepouts and caravan bunk beds. Window bays are bordered with sunken beds; a camping-like arrangement nurturing familial connections. An attic-style mezzanine serves as study space and guest bedroom, while an additional plywood-lined bed is discreetly integrated amongst a wall of joinery.

Catering for two to 20 people, Coopworth addresses accessibility, longevity and sustainability while qualities of respite and relaxation sought by the clients are fostered through engagement with the landscape. Diverse spaces – lofty, snug, private, shared – allow the owners to occupy areas to best suit their needs.


Furniture: Jarden. Lighting: ISM Lighting, Beacon Lighting, Artefact Industries. Finishes: Lysaught, Colorbond, Robertson Building Products, Timberwood Panels, Tretford, Artedomus, Academy Tiles. Fittings & Fixtures: Sussex Taps, Astrawalker, Wood Melbourne.


Photography: Dianna Snape