Barfold Estate – Winemakers Shed/

LAYAN Architects + Designers


Project Details



Barfold Estate / Australia



Year (Design/Construction):

- / 2022

Area (Net/Gross):

- / 170 m2
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • Wood is used as the main material for the project. It lowers the buiding´s carbon footprint, since it is a natural and renewable material.
  • The use of  local wood also reduces the energy used for transportation.
  • Large windows reduce the need for artificial light.

Project description as provided by the Architects

Barfold Estate is a vineyard, winery and farm located in the Southwest corner of the Heathcote wine region, a 75 minute drive north of  Melbourne. The client approached LAYAN to design a generous yet simple building to provide accommodation to guests visiting the vineyard.

Overlooking the Barfold Estate vineyard, the site is located besides a large dam surrounded by significant old gumtrees. The building presents  as a simple geometric form in the landscape – echoing the agricultural buildings of its locale. A rustic character is expressed through its  cladding of reclaimed timber, left untreated as to silver through age, blending in with the surrounding silvered trunks of the neighbouring  eucalypts.

The interior space is defined by a large open ceiling with ancillary spaces arranged to its sides. Sunlight activates its spatial dynamic as it  travels throughout the day. In the evening the roof space is illuminated by up-lighting upon the ceiling, carefully curated lamps and a soft  flicker from the fireplace. Lined entirely in fine plywood its simple aesthetic is crafted from a palette of polished concrete, natural timber, glass  and tile, balanced with tonal furnishings sympathetic to the natural surroundings.

The building consists of 2 large guestrooms each featuring a generous dining and kitchen area, a lounge with a daybed alcove, a bathing  alcove with a free-standing bathtub and picturesque outlook, an en-suite bathroom as well as a king-sized bed that is separated from the living  area articulated by a central, double-sided fireplace.


LAYAN Architecture | Architecture |

LAYAN Design Group | Interior Design |

CUTLACK builders | Builder |

Richard Fooks | Structural Engineering

Tekcon Group | Building Surveyor |

OptimalRATE Energy Rating | ESD Consultant

Regional Planning & Design Pty. Ltd. | BAL Assessment

Mount Alexander Shire (Council)


Johannes Hart | Nick Murray | Alexandra Willis | Amy Noipitak

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