Australia has beautiful and seemingly unending forestry. What better place could there be to build a tiny weekend retreat? The natural landscape, fresh air, and isolation are the perfect combination for intense relaxation, and this modern cabin blends into its natural surroundings almost seamlessly.
Designed by Paul Morgan Architects, this locally sourced cabin was inspired by the landscape that surrounds it. The goal was to combine the style of an Aboriginal hut with a modern-day Australian tiny house.
The place was built in Victoria’s Central Highlands as a weekend escape for a family of three who love to commune with nature. With floor-to-ceiling windows wrapping around almost the entire structure—many of which can be rolled aside on a track—there's little separation between the beauty of nature and the comforts of home.
This little home has all the modern amenities you need for a relaxing weekend getaway. There is a living area (complete with built-in, cushion-covered seating), a small kitchen (containing a sink, stove-top and dining area), a bathroom, and two bedrooms. There is even a small wood stove to make the cabin smell as cozy as it feels.
Locally sourced, sleek wooden surfaces make up the majority of the cabin, including the floors, walls, ceilings, cabinets, countertops, and furniture. The high ceilings are supported by several large beams that help form the unique circular design.
Sheep and kangaroo bones, found bleached from the sun on nearby farmland, inspired the exterior. Each post represents the thicker area of a joint, made stronger to carry more weight. The sliding doors and overhanging roof create an extended outdoor space that continues right into the forest.
The family who commissioned this project wanted an eco-friendly cabin with a very small carbon footprint as a calm place to practice their choral singing. Like yoga, it regulates breath and helps promote relaxation. The isolation of the forest is the perfect location to unwind and meditate.