Good things come in small packages, as evidenced by this 10-by-10-foot rural camp cabin structure by Casey Brown Architecture situated in rural Australia. Within its unassuming walls are passive heating, cooling and water-collecting elements that make the tiny house self-sufficient and sustainable so deep in the Outback.
In its closed configuration one might almost miss this building in the distance against gray skies and brown trees. While its materials blend into the background, however, the geometries of the structure ultimately give it away.
Folding open the exterior walls provides residents with a view of their surroundings while also sheltering the interior from the sometimes-harsh semi-desert sun. The remote location of the building lent itself to modular sizing and prefabrication for easy on-site assembly.
A second story loft provides additional comforts, enclosure, separation and safety from the outside world with porthole-sized windows for selectively peering out. In plan, each story is quite simple and modest but in three dimensions the results are impressively original.
A cistern on the exterior is used to collect water for use on the inside. The flaps can be adjusted to meet the daylighting and privacy needs of the occupants.
“Located on a remote pristine mountain on a sheep station in central western NSW, this structure was the realization of a dream for the client. Sited at the edge of a ridge surrounded by large granite boulders and ancient dead trees, the tower has panoramic views for hundreds of miles to the horizon.”
“Conceived as a retreat for one or two people, the building has a minimal 3x3m footprint providing shelter. The structure is a two story copper clad tower; the sides open up on the ground level to provide wide verandahs to the north, east and western elevations. To the south a water tank and winches are located to operate the moveable verandah roofs. When not in use, these roofs close down to completely enclose the timber and glass interior protecting it from the elements in particular bush fires.”