Alexandra Buchanan Architecture

Binnum – Warwick

"Binnum" in Warwick is a much loved country homestead in the southern down’s

Within a 2 hour drive from Brisbane, “Binnum” in Warwick is a much loved country homestead in the southern down’s.

Perched on a hill overlooking the Condamine River and Warwick race course, Binnum was built in the late 1880’s. The impressive main homestead is constructed of sandstone with its original wrapping veranda.

To keep true to its historical significance, an extension was proposed in the form of a traditional barn. Gently slotting itself between the two existing dwellings, the barn seamlessly connects itself to its surrounding geographical context and compliments the historical elements.

Playing homage to the existing sandstone walls, spectacular views and typology of new and old architecture, the barn will remain timeless among the hills of Warwick.

Project details

Concept Explorations

Critical to the success of this project were the initial conceptual arrangements and planning; We always explore a series of options in the interrogation of a brief but for this sensitive heritage project particularly the relationship between the new insertion and the existing sandstone cottage and how best to exploit the opportunities of the spectacular elevated site determined whether the project would progress or not...

Concept Explorations

Ultimately a more discrete approach was preferred, one that allowed the existing sandstone cottage to be the hero whilst unifying a number of existing out buildings.

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