Moonlight Cabin: A Small, Island Retreat That’s Big On Space.


b_730_6c919e6d-90bc-46a5-aa36-b5a24279ef78Located on Australia’s windswept coast is Moonlight Cabin, a small retreat designed in accord with the landscapes ephemeral conditions. It is a small footprint project (640 sq ft) designed to explore the boundaries of how small is too small, challenging conventional notions of what is actually necessary in our lives. The tiny cabin is designed to be passively environmentally responsive, ultimately reducing energy use and limiting costs whilst maximizing occupant amenity.

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The building plan is essentially one volume including a kitchen, bathroom, a small living area and bunker. These functional spaces have been cleverly integrated into a central ‘in-built’ island pod that is surrounded by a sizable  outer corridor. The movable walls fold and open onto one another allowing mutable space inside and outside.

The screen doors and windows are coated in a rainscreen that acts like a ‘gore-tex jacket’ to protect the cabin from the elements. The grid connections allow rainwater to be sustainably harvested.

The operable shutters enable cross ventilation and adaptability, when occupants leave they can be closed and reopened when they return.

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Concrete floors, naturally oiled timber and a limited color palette create a stylish and modern aesthetic. The internal timber linings (floor, ceiling, walls) are limed Victorian Ash. The jet black joinery and cabinetry is made of Victorian Ash veneer.

Timber cladding adds durability combating the harsh coastal climate and creates a warm aesthetic with its surrounding natural environment.

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