Regional Australia provided much of our architectural vernacular, especially for Queensland, and Sparks Architects are excited to be the architects of a new interpretation of a station homestead soon to begin construction in far west Queensland (around 1000km from our Sunshine Coast office). A site visit to pick the exact location for the new homestead brought home just how vast and remote this area is. With hundreds of square miles to choose from and an essentially flat and featureless outlook, the final location was selected for ease of access to the main service road, best-location in relation to possible water (as selected by one of Australia's famous water-diviners), and slight features in the landscape that would assist both Architect and Landscape Architect to sculpt an outlook and local environment for the new homestead. As with all of our projects, the building will be located and designed to make maximum use of passive solar design so will run on a generally east- west axis to maximise the more benevolent northern aspect. The large home incorporates current best practice systems for solar energy, water storage and and reticulation, as well as food production.