The simple eco-cabin is perched on a lonesome hill on one of the oldest properties in Gundagai, the Kimo Estate. The structure will be used as guest accomodation on the sprawling farm.
The Kimo Estate is an expansive second generation farm in Gundagai, NSW, hosting not only a working farm, but a venue for weddings and accomodation for those seeking a retreat into natural beauty. Eco-Hut provides a luxurious yet simple addition to the accomodation facilities.
The brief called for a sustainable and low-impact structure as first priority. Collaborating on the project, friends Anthony Hunt and Luke Stanley decided upon a simple hardwood frame as the obvious eco choice. The design goal was to subtly reference the wool and grain sheds that decreasingly dot the rural paddocks.
The simple A-frame is essentially one room with openings on every facade, allowing a 360 degree panorama of the property.
All materials were locally sourced to limit their embodied energy and support local suppliers, as well as providing simple construction for the two owner-builders.
Set on a concrete plinth, the exposed hardwood frame becomes the main expressive and structural form of the project. The angled timber posts are anchored to the ground by steel footings, before converging with a hardwood ridge beam at the peak of the structure. The resulting A-frame gives a tent aesthetic, and allows the walls and roof to unite as one.
Hardwood battens run the length of the walls to support the corrugated metal cladding. The classic agrarian material palette of timber and iron is updated into a lightweight modern use, inspired by mid century design.
The A-frame structure completely defines the interior space, framing views out through openings in the cladding, and informing the steeply pitched internal spaces. Timber joinery and detailing is a striking feature of the internal spaces, recalling coastal or rural simple living. The hardwood custom furnishings provide ample built in storage, and help to divide areas of the open plan space. The natural material list creates a warming environment, perfect for switching off from city distractions.
The exposed hardwood frame peeks through the white timber lining boards, giving a tectonic feel of the buildings construction process. The design distinctly celebrates the simplicity of it’s construction. White horizontal boards line the walls, while vertical boards line the roof, blending with natural coloured boards that line the bathroom. Window frames and sills have been constructed from hardwoods to complete the simple timber aesthetic.