A cabin in Australia offers a place to retreat to and be at one with the dramatic coastal surroundings, proving less is more
Located on a windswept coast line in Australia, Moonlight Cabin is a place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and engage with the landscape’s ephemeral conditions. It is a small footprint shelter (60 sq m) that explores the boundaries of how small is too small, challenging conventional notions of what is actually necessary in our lives. It is designed to be passively environmentally responsive, ultimately reducing energy use and running costs whilst maximising occupant amenity.
The plan is conceived as one volume with kitchen, bathroom and utilities inserted within a central island pod which effectively unlocks the corridor to become an important habitable space.
The built form is fully screened in a spotted-gum rainscreen that acts like a ‘gore-tex jacket’ to protect the cabin from the elements while the timber is free to move naturally in the changing climatic conditions. Operable shutters enable cross ventilation and adaptability, open or closed, partially shut down or secured when the occupants leave and reopened when they return.
Moonlight Cabin is grid connected and rainwater is sustainably harvested.
Architect: Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects
Builder: Spence Construction, Colac and Geelong
Structural: P.J. YTTRUP Associates
Building Surveyor: Noel Gosling
Photography: Jeremy Weihrauch, Gollings Studio