A substantial and sustainable house on a small scale is how some might describe the Barrington Tops Cabin, constructed in New South Wales by Alice Nivison and Richie Northcott of Fresh Prince Studio.
Simplicity of form takes on a whole new meaning in this cabin, a 160 square foot cabin based on a chassis, and mobile owing to its pre-fab, portable design. The home can be perched onto the river’s edge, and can be towed up the banks if a flood threatens.
The designers said that the design brief called for an off-grid cabin that is basic, sustainable and movable; a scenic retreat that allows ample views of the river and surrounding wilderness.
Designed to leave a small footprint both physically and environmentally, the cabin sports solar power, sustainable plywood lining, a composting toilet, reconstituted sawdust, wax cladding, and exposed copper and brass plumbing.
The cladding is supplied by Weathertex, an Australian product culled from forest thinnings and industry by-products during the production process, so that no timber is wasted.
Every kilogram of Weathertex has sequestered 1.633 kilograms of carbon dioxide via the air, meaning that the carbon stored in Weathertex timber is more substantial than the emissions produced at the Weathertex factory throughout its creation, which means in turn that Weathertex offerings leave a negative carbon footprint.
The floor plan is minimalistic, boasting a bathroom at one end, a bed at the other end, and a very small kitchen with a mini fridge and a two-burner gas stove at the centre. Jalousie windows and large opening doors open to the outside. The house as a whole is a complete, beautiful and sustainable home. And it can be yours for a time; rent it here.