Built for the Bush: green architecture for rural Australia

By Historic Houses Trust

April 10, 2010 - July 18, 2010

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Museum of the Riverina, Cnr Baylis & Morrow Street, Wagga Wagga

Permanent camping, Mudgee by Casey Brown Architects Photographer: Penny Clay 2008

Built for the Bush explores some of the energy efficient features of Australia's 19th century country homes and the reappearance of many of these traditional practices in contemporary green architecture.

For Australia's rural settlers the creation of simple, energy efficient homes was a matter of situational necessity with their limited access to materials,skills and resources.  Today, architects recognise the conservation of energy as a global impertive and are increasingly award of the environmental impact of the creation and maintenance of modern housing.

In this new light the low-energy solutions of the 19th century rural house are being reappraised:  the environmental suitability of traditional building materials has been recognised:  water is again being treated like a precious commodity and passive shade, ventilation and heating strategies are once more being utilized to conditions the air.

Tour Schedule

Shear Outback Museum, Hay 20 November 2009 - 27 January 2010

Albury City Library Museum, 12 February - 4 April 2010

Museum of Riverina, Wagga Wagga, 13 April - 18 July 2010

Temora Historical Society, mid July - mid September 2010

Pioneer Park, Griffith, September - end November 2010

Adelong Alive, April - May 2011


Click here to view interviews with architects Glenn Murcutt, Peter Stutchbury and Philip Cox and owner-builders Brian and Sally Woodward and Boyd and Alison Clouston talking about their incorporation of traditional rural solutions into their new buildings.




Museum of the Riverina
1300 292 442