Australian architects Jackson Clements Burrows added perforated shutters to the exterior of this holiday cabin “like a Gore-Tex jacket”, offering light and ventilation when closed .
Melbourne-primarily based architects Jackson Clements Burrows designed Moonlight Cabin as a vacation retreat on the far south-west coast of Victoria. It is owned by a family members with two youngsters, the father of whom grew up nearby.
“Now residing overseas, the cabin is an escape from the intensity of an urban setting, but in a landscape of familiarity for a mother or father who sees the land as an critical historical connection,” said the architects, whose other projects consist of a perforated brick house in Melbourne.
The cabin is clad with spotted gum – a tough and sustainable regional timber that will age to a silvery grey – and characteristics shutters so that the constructing can be opened up or closed down, dependent on the climate.
“The climate is harsh, windswept, typically misty with rain, and the cabin is a location to retreat from and engage with these ephemeral situations,” said the architects. “It has been made to be adaptable, to partially shut down as its occupants demand, to be secured when they leave, and reopened when they return.”
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The architects liken the external timber rainscreen and shutters – which are raised slightly off the building’s surface to generate a ventilated and moisture-resistant gap – to the breathable fabric of a Gore-Tex jacket.
“Like a Gore-Tex jacket, the residence is protected from the components while the timber is totally free to expand and contract in the often-altering climatic conditions,” they explained.
The interior of the 60-square-metre cabin has a timber pod in the middle, with different spaces built into its periphery. These consist of a kitchen, dining bench and U-shaped seating nook at 1 finish, a bathroom at the other end, and two bedrooms in the centre – one particular with bunks for the youngsters.
Sliding doors let the bedrooms to be closed off from the living area, and the U-shaped seating nook can also double as a guest bed.
“No area is wasted – it is as productive as feasible,” said the architects, who cite Le Corbusier’s Cabanon as an inspiration.
“The little footprint explores the boundaries of how modest is too modest when one thing is little and when demands are minimal, there is often the capacity to challenge ourselves about what is actually required in our lives,” they additional.
The coast of Victoria in Australia is dotted with a variety of striking homes, such as a zinc-clad house with a central wind-sheltered courtyard and a timber home raised off the ground to capture the ideal views of the ocean.
Local Victorian ash wood has been used for the interior of Moonlight Cabin, which was finished on-internet site in roughly 9 months.
In the potential, the architects say a new residence could be constructed on the website, with the cabin employed as a guesthouse.
“There are strategies to construct a bigger property later on,” architect Tim Jackson informed Dezeen. “This was a way of acquiring a sense of understanding of the site and its conditions.”
Photography is by Jeremy Weihrauch of Gollings Studio.
Task team: Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Graham Burrows, Jessie Legge
Builder: Spence Construction, Colac and Geelong
Structural engineer: P.J. Yttrup Associates
Constructing surveyor: Noel Gosling
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