Two Architects’ Design and Build an Off Grid Cabin in the Forest (Cabin Tour)

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Located on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, Pine Flat Lodge emerges from the environment as a place of retreat and immersion. The off grid cabin is proposed as a minimal insertion within the landscape, a simple gesture that holds the space between the pines and the expansive view beyond the site.

Imbued with a sense of belonging and placemaking, the off grid cabin was approached in a deliberate manner, with focus placed on the conservation and rehabilitation of the land. As a response, the architecture and interior design of the off grid cabin accentuates an outward perspective, blurring the lines between indoors and out. The off grid cabin is comprised of a series of modules within a continuous envelope, which in turn opens out to the landscape. The communal spaces are separated by decks and continue the structure’s discourse with the external environment, while the sleeping quarters represent an intended moment of quiet and retreat. The off grid cabin tour also highlights Pine Flat Lodge’s solar power and rainwater collection, a physical reminder to visitors to be mindful when experiencing the space and landscape.

When designing a cabin, especially one that operates off grid, sustainability must inform each component. The material of the cabin is motivated by the surrounding context – sustainably sourced timber is used throughout the off grid cabin. The structure utilises resources in an accountable way by pursuing efficient use of materials and minimising carbon footprint while supporting local craftsman. Bespoke details feature throughout the cabin, celebrating craft and the natural environment in an authentic and sustainable manner.

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Architecture by Room11.
Photography by Dianna Snape.
Filmed and Edited by Cheer Squad Film Co.
Production by The Local Project.

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