Cabins in the wild are all the rage these days, and there are lots of cool cabins here and there – from different architects and designs. Here is another cabin, a sustainable and off-grid one.
Sydney-based architecture firm Fresh Prince have designed a compact, off-grid cabin in Australia that offers sustainable accommodation for summer holidays. The 150 square meter Barrington Tops cottage is located in New South Wales on the banks of a highland river surrounded by dense forest.
The lightweight wood construction is based on a wheeled chassis and clad in matte black Weathertex, a locally sourced material made from forest thinning and other industry by-products in the production process. The off-grid stand features built-in joinery that blends seamlessly with the interior design and cathedral, maintaining the sense of openness. The cabin was conceived as a continuous piece of joinery that interlocks and aligns to create space for storage, cooking, sleeping and sitting without disrupting the overall space.
Inside, an uncomplicated layout offers a light-filled interior thanks to multiple large Low-E glass windows with operable louvers that provide a natural ventilation system. The minimal interior includes a bed fitted with smart storage at one end of the cabin. At the other end is a bathroom separated by a compact kitchen with a small refrigerator and a two-burner gas stove.
The cabin is designed to have as little physical and environmental impact as possible. It contains solar energy that generates all the necessary energy. It also features a composting toilet, reconstituted sawdust and wax siding, and exposed copper and brass piping.