On the windswept coast of Western Victoria in Australia, a seaside cabin created by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects has won numerous awards for its original design that respects the environment and embraces the elements. The compact 60-square-metre cabin optimises space to accommodate all the needs of a small family while reducing energy consumption.
The timber exterior of spotted gum (a type of eucalyptus) protects the cabin from wind and rain, while allowing for natural movement in changing conditions. The shutters can be opened to provide ventilation, light and a breath-taking ocean view. For the living area, the architects chose a suspended, pivoting Bathyscafocus as the central feature.