This tiny home, measuring three by three metres and situated on a remote property on the south coast of New South Wales, is only reachable by foot.
It’s the second version of the home, with the first constructed in Mudgee on a sheep farm at the side of a mountain.
Designed by Casey Brown Architecture, the house was built for a standing client with a farmhouse in Berry who wanted a permanent dwelling that could duplicate the camping experience.
Design architect Rob Brown stated the house met the project’s brief, which was to build ‘a retreat’.
The structure is designed to include only the basics needed for shelter, Brown told Business Insider Australia, and to be a private spot to go and commune peacefully with nature, enjoying a sprawling view of surrounding fields.
With a small loft bedroom concealed behind the ironbark cladding, a fireplace, a water tank that stores rainwater and solar panels lining the roof supplying sufficient electricity for lights, the home was designed to duplicate the self-sustainability of camping – but in a permanent locale.
He said the home was designed for two people to coexist comfortably, explaining that the concept behind the sizing was inspired by Japanese tea houses, which don’t come smaller than these dimensions.
The home was designed to blend in with the natural landscape, with the ground level visible to the outside world, and the loft bedroom enclosed with small windows, heavily insulated walls, and accessible via a ladder.
The “movement” in the building design necessitates that the structure tapers three degrees, so that the building’s bottom can open and stay waterproof, Brown said.
Brown stated the structure doesn’t subscribe to a design school, but was designed in a way in which form follows function.
He likens the home to a tent—small and comfortable, but still elegant. The domicile was fabricated in Sydney before being sent to the site, where builders put it together.
The building is structured from recycled ironbark, sourced from an unused wharf float, with a trio of panels that lift and lower over the sides of the home to shield against the elements.
Water is stored on the roofs, which feeds into a tank providing water to the shower and kitchen. A pot belly wood fired stove heats the cabin come night time. Solar panels lining the roof supply power for lighting.
The solar panels and battery generator are small and unobtrusive.
The building was designed sans nails, which permits the owner to assemble and disassemble at will.
And it’s designed to stand a century or more.
The house was built to seem as one with the landscape, and liken the seasons as they appear in the natural world. Residents can be one with nature, while still seeking protection against it in the walls of this tiny house.
Image credits by Casey Brown Architecture