Cabins located in the wild are all the rage now, and you may see lots of cool cabins here and there – by various architects and designs. Here’s one more cabin, a sustainable and off-grid one.
Sydney-based architecture firm fresh prince has designed a compact off-grid cabin in Australia that offers a sustainable dwelling for summer getaways. Located in new south wales, the 150-square-foot ‘barrington tops’ cabin is perched on the banks of a highland river, surrounded by dense woodland.
The lightweight timber structure is built on a wheeled chassis and clad in matte black weathertex, a locally sourced material made from forest thinnings and other industry by-products in the production process. The off-grid cabin features built-in joinery that blends seamlessly with the interior lining and cathedral ceiling so that this sense of openness is preserved. The cabin was conceived as one continuous piece of joinery, interlocking and aligning to provide space for storage, cooking, sleeping and sitting, without disrupting the overall space.
Inside, an uncomplicated layout features a light-filled interior thanks to several large low-E glass windows with operable louvres that provide a natural system of air ventilation. The minimal interior includes a bed built atop smart storage options at one end of the cabin. A bathroom is situated at the other end, separated by a compact kitchen that includes a small refrigerator and a two-burner gas stove.
The cabin is designed to have as little physical and environmental impact. It incorporates solar power that generates all the necessary energy. It also features a composting toilet, reconstituted sawdust and wax cladding and exposed copper and brass plumbing.