On The Bulls Run, in the Riverina district of New South Wales, the iconic Australian woolshed has been transformed, but it hasn’t lost its quintessential character.

Story By Freda Nicholls

The Bulls Run general manager Andrew King first started working in a shearing shed at the age of 12 on his family’s property at Mount Gambier, SA. In the 40 years since, he has seen what works and what doesn’t when it comes to moving sheep and removing wool in sheds. Andrew collaborated with Sydney architect Peter Stutchbury to incorporate both contemporary and traditional design and technology in the 2004 creation of Deepwater Woolshed, the 900-square-metre elevated steel woolshed on the 7500-hectare The Bulls Run, near Wagga Wagga, NSW.
At the 2005 Royal Australian Institute of Architects national awards, Deepwater Woolshed won the Colorbond category and was a joint winner in the commercial building category. In September, it will be featured in the 10th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in Italy.

This story excerpt is from Issue #48

Outback Magazine: Aug/Sep 2006