Casey Brown's equestrian retreat brings an industrial edge to the Snowy Mountains

The undulating roof echoes the contours of the surrounding mountains.

THREDBO – Casey Brown Architecture’s latest project Crackenback Stables is situated deep in the wilderness of the Australian Snowy Mountains. Inspired by a contemporary corrugated shed, the rugged façades add an industrial edge to the rural setting.

The undulating roof echoes the contours of the surrounding mountains. Design architect Robert Brown explains: ‘The silvery form of the stables is clad in corrugated galvanised iron, which wraps in a continuous surface up the walls of the building, and over the roof. The alignment of the corrugations is parallel to the roof pitch, emphasising the trapezoidal form.’

A large portal divides the building in two, as well as offering a sheltered entry space. The site manager’s accommodation is situated on one side of the portal, with the stables on the other. A two bedroom apartment sits above the stables, with its own private entranceway.

Providing light and ventilation, small pivot windows puncture the south façade. Large deep-set windows adorn the north façade, permitting warmth and light whilst protecting the interior from the intense summer sun. Addressing sustainability issues, a wood-fired boiler heats water which is circulated through the concrete floor slabs warming the building throughout the winter months. Waste from the property is all processed naturally on site, whilst concealed gutters collect rainwater into large tanks, for use throughout the property.

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