A dreamy, geometric cabin provides an artful escape on the island of Tasmania. Cabin 2 by Maddison Architects joins another cabin on the plot to welcome groups of family and friends to the owner’s retreat. Thanks to its refreshing contemporary design, the architecture itself is the most memorable part of the adventure.
“It reflects a vision from both client and architect to create an escape with rural appeal, but located in a busy suburban environment.”
Cabin 2 and its plot are obscured by a canopy of Moonah trees that sway in the wind above. These reinforce the natural appeal of the coastal Tasmania environment, a feeling that is lost elsewhere in the immediate vicinity. Around Cabin 2, groups of dense suburban homes take away the natural charm of the environment. The trees are a natural force for the privacy and serenity of this plot.
The architecture of Cabin 2 is wild, angular and progressive. Despite its smaller appearance from the approach, it features multiple rooms and a mezzanine bedroom that overlooks the living spaces below. The elevation of this mezzanine peers deep into the plot around it, providing a different visual relationship with the scenery.
The entire structure of Cabin 2 appears to be shifted on a sharp angle. The roof line lifts from the ground on a low angle, and the rooms inside continue this shape. Support beams connect on an opposite angle, creating perpendicular forms that add visual character to the upright walls, windows and doors. There is plenty of fantasy in this design, a mathematically-inspired work of architecture with triangles, trapezoids and faceted planes throughout.
We’re obsessed with cabin architecture and rural modernism here at TheCoolist. This work by Maddison Architects is a recent favorite, and a rare example in Australia. It reflects a vision from both client and architect to create an escape with rural appeal, but located in a busy suburban environment. [photography: william watt, via: archdaily]