15.10.12

BUSH ESCAPE
















Situated on a mountaintop on a remote 800-hectare Australian sheep station in Mudgee, New south wales, lays this weather-beaten copper shack; a permanent campsite blending in to the Australian bush land owned by one lucky Sydney-based graphic designer.

Designed by Rob Brown of Casey Brown Architecture, this ultimate bush escape measures just 3x3 meters. With a very light footprint, this cabin ticks all the green boxes - with no water, roads or electricity, there is no consumption and no waste. Water is collected from the roof and stored in a corrugated tank on the southern side of the facade, while nestled in the shade of the gum trees, hangs a canvas bush shower with one hell of a view.

Galvanised copper sides of the building act as awnings to shade from the sun, opening and lowering using nautical winches, pulleys and yacht rigging. The interior is made of oiled Australian ironbark, with a ladder accessing the loft bedroom upstairs.

Accessible only by horseback, the cabin was constructed off-site by builder Jeffrey Broadfield, then dismantled and transported back to the site to be re-erected, allowing the architect to experiment as much as he could, in a controlled workshop environment.

The outcome; a design that really embraces the surrounding Australian landscape, working with the site harmoniously, and taking absolute advantage of the breathtakingly tranquil views.

Photos by Mikkel Vang.



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