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Living with the Landscape: Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Living with the Landscape: Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on a windswept coast line, Moonlight Cabin is a place to retreat from and engage with the landscape’s ephemeral conditions.


It is a small footprint shelter that explores the boundaries of how small is too small, challenging conventional notions of what is actually necessary in our lives. It is designed to be passively environmentally responsive, ultimately reducing energy use and running costs whilst maximizing occupant amenity.

The built form is fully screened in a spotted-gum rainscreen that acts like a ‘gore-tex jacket’ to protect the cabin from the elements while the timber is free to move naturally in the changing climatic conditions. Operable shutters enable cross ventilation and adaptability, open or closed, partially shut down or secured when the occupants leave and reopened when they return.

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Atelier Oslo provides shelter at all angles with Cabin at Norderhov

Atelier Oslo provides shelter at all angles with Cabin at Norderhov | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new cabin by Atelier Oslo within Norway's Krokskogen forest formed the striking backdrop to our 'Norse Power' shoot in the December issue. Four angular 'arms' spring out of a main core, anchoring this home to a steep slope over Lake Steinsfjorden. Cabin at Norderhov provides both refuge from and connection to its woodland surroundings.
A couple based in Oslo commissioned the project, with a view to using it as a weekend base for cross-country skiing and hiking. The structure was designed in response to their relationship with nature. Its prefabricated system of laminated wood reflects the surrounding trees and is supported by steel rods drilled directly into the rock. Aside from dividing the internal space into discrete zones, the arms also accommodate covered terraces outside.

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Storm Cottage / Fearon Hay Architects

Storm Cottage / Fearon Hay Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island – a black rough sawn timber box sits looking north to the sea.

The dark exterior is completed with a layer of perforated metal screens. This operable layer allows the moderation of light / air and protection both when occupied and alone. 


The building is off the grid, powered by solar panels independent systems for water collection and treatment. This is a retreat that provides shelter, warmth and comfort to engage with the wilderness and isolation of the remote setting.

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Sunset Cabin | Taylor Smyth Architects

Sunset Cabin | Taylor Smyth Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Nestled into a slope on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, this one room sleeping cabin is a simple but sophisticated Canadian bunkie, evoking the “primitive hut” of branches constructed in the wilderness.

The fully insulated glass cabin is encased on three sides by cedar slats. A green roof is planted with sedums and herbs to camouflage views of the cabin from the main cottage. The minimal furnishing includes a bed with built-in drawers, a wall of storage cabinets and a wood-burning stove. All interior surfaces, including floor and ceiling, are fabricated of birch veneer plywood. The changes of both season and time of day continuously transform the cabin’s presence and dynamics with the landscape. With trees in full leaf, it recedes into the vegetation, integrating architecture with landscape.

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Small-Sized Nature Retreat Overlooking the Ocean: Moonlight Cabin in Australia

Small-Sized Nature Retreat Overlooking the Ocean: Moonlight Cabin in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Overlooking the ocean in Victoria, Australia, the Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects is said to engage with the landscape’s ephemeral conditions. Modest in size, the residence answers the living needs of the owners, while making use of sustainable features: “The built form is fully screened in a spotted-gum rain screen that acts like a ‘goretex jacket’ to protect the cabin from the elements while the timber is free to move naturally in the changing climatic conditions. Its small footprint shelter (60m2) explores the boundaries of how small is too small, challenging conventional notions of what is actually necessary in our lives”, the architects explained.

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Some great insights into our future living spaces - sustainable living, a growing imperative in education?

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JVA's Rabot Tourist Cabin: A Neutral Volume in the Landscape

JVA's Rabot Tourist Cabin: A Neutral Volume in the Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) lodging facilities throughout Norway. At 1200 meters above sea level, close to the glacier at Okstindan in northern Norway, the site is spectacular. The weather can be extremely harsh and the structure is constructed for heavy winds and storm.

A secondary rescue hut is placed 50 meters away from the main cabin as a safe shelter in case of destruction of the main cabin. The site inaccessible by road and is only reachable on foot or on skis. The cabin is named after the French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot who thoroughly explored the mountain areas in the province of Nordland. It is planned and built with local materials and with great local commitment...

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, September 2, 2014 5:29 AM

Cabina turística en Noruega. Con una unidad de rescate/refugio a 50 metros de la principal y con acceso sólo a pie. 

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The Eco Construction of Sneeoosh by zeroplus architects

The Eco Construction of Sneeoosh by zeroplus architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Sneeoosh is a cabin designed by zeroplus architects for retreat place in Puget Sound, Washington. In the development process, eco friendly construction process was done in such ways to provide very minimal disturbances to the surrounding environment...

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Lopez Island Cabin by Stuart Silk Architects

Lopez Island Cabin by Stuart Silk Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on a wooded bluff above Puget Sound, the Lopez Island Cabin re-imagines a traditional retreat in contemporary materials and form. As with most true cabins, there are few rooms: a living area/kitchen, two modest bedrooms and two small bathrooms. The project utilizes simple materials and an efficient plan to create a striking, sculptural form.

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