Steph and Oliver Gordon have created a small 430 square feet (40sqm) off-grid tiny home on their cattle farm located in Mudgee, Australia.
Designed by architecture firm CAARCH, the tiny home named Gawthorne’s Hut, was created as an Airbnb property from the beginning phases, with the request to design a different and unique space, which would get them more exposure to guests due to its design.
The triangular design has corrugated metal siding and a 30 degree roof, that allows for solar panels.
A hidden panel within the building design houses the solar batteries. There are also rainwater collection tanks, with some of the water reserved for fighting bush fires if needed.
All of the windows and doors are double glazed and have timber frames.
Inside, there are polished concrete floors and a blackbutt plywood-lined interior. The bedroom area features a king-sized bed with reclaimed bricks used as a separation between the sleeping space and the bathroom vanity.
The adjacent minimally designed kitchen includes a wood-burning fireplace, a small gas cooktop, sink, small fridge, and floating black shelves.
The kitchen countertop extends past the windows and acts as a dining area or a workspace.
The open bathroom has both the freestanding bathtub and shower positioned to take advantage of the views. Privacy isn’t really a concern as it is facing the land with no neighbors, however, if required, there’s a blind that can be closed.
The nearby bathroom vanity is on the other side the bedroom, and has a simple wood vanity with a gray sink.
The only enclosed space in the tiny home’s interior is the toilet, which is tucked away behind a door opposite the vanity.
Watch the video below by NEVER TOO SMALL to find out more about the tiny house.
Designed by Canadian architecture firm YH2, this small cottage-like building was originally built as a storage space by the first owner who was a lumberman.
Preserving the surrounding nature and the footprint of the building, the shed was later rearranged and turned into a forest refuge by its next owners.
One of the new build’s key design elements is a pentagonal-shaped area that’s recessed into the wood shingle-clad building.
Stepping back from the cottage, you can see a pair of bench seats that are located on either side within the alcove that’s been finished in a bright white.
There’s a wood walkway inside the cottage that leads to a pentagonal-shaped window with a door in it. The door opens to provide access to the seating that’s positioned to take advantage of the different views.
Let’s take a look at the rest of the cottage…
The dark cedar wood shingles are complemented by black window and door frames throughout.
Inside the design is minimal, with concrete floors and wood accents.
The wood flooring leads to stairs that travel up the small building and bridges that connect spaces, with the viewpoint found on the top floor.
Included as part of the accommodation options that the newly opened AutoCamp Cape Cod is a collection of Airstream trailers that visitors can stay in.
New York-based firm Workshop/APD was responsible for the master plan of the 14-acre site, which includes additional accommodation options, like cabins and tents, a Clubhouse featuring a mid-century modern lounge with an indoor fireplace and cozy seating, a signature General Store, and restrooms with luxury showers.
The Classic Airstream Suite has a dedicated space for outdoor dining and a small fire pit with a couple of chairs.
Small wood steps make it easy to reach the door of the Mid-Century Modern design icon.
Inside the 31 foot Airstream is a welcoming sitting room with curved white walls and a small kitchenette. At one end there’s a bedroom, while the other end has a bathroom behind a sliding door. Included in the bathroom are a walk-in rain shower, a toilet, and a vanity area.
The bedroom is furnished with a queen bed, built-in side tables, and a pair of simple pendant lights.
A panoramic window fills the small space with natural light and views of the gardens, while at night the curtains can be closed for a more cozy and private atmosphere.
Photography by Matt Kisiday | Lead Contractor and Developer: Blue Flag Partners | Real Estate Investment Management Company: Whitman Peterson | Design: Workshop/APD
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter in collaboration with ASP Architecture has designed the Breitenbach Landscape Hotel.
Located near Alsace, France, the ecotourism hotel design has been inspired by Scandinavian traditions, the meeting of two cultures (French and Scandinavian), as well as nature and architecture.
The main building of the hotel, whose exterior is wrapped in Alsatian chestnut shingles, includes a reception, restaurant, and spa, as well as the director’s apartment.
The guest rooms of the hotel are actually 14 cabins that dot the hillside, much like boulders on a slope. The design of the wood cabins balances both privacy and outlook.
The cabins have been placed on the hillside, and as they are built on stilts, they are even removable, so that the landscape stays preserved and natural.
Untreated and locally sourced chestnut tree (cut on the hill opposite the hotel) clads all of the exterior, combined only with large glass openings.
The cabins, which also go by the name hytte, have also been designed with four different styles. The ‘Grass’ hytte has just one level and is universally accessible, the ‘Tree’ and ‘Ivy’ are towering thin and slender, combining vertical and panoramic views, and the ‘Fjell’, located at the top of the hill, welcomes families with protected outdoor spaces.
The interiors have been kept minimal and rustic, with light-colored wood, snug built-in furniture, framed views, and spatial contrasts. All of which perfectly embodies the Nordic concept of “hygge”.
Architecture firm Etea has designed ‘Estancia Lago’, a boutique hotel in Mexico, that consists of three small cabins distributed around a lake.
The hotel was created as part of a complex called Amalia, which is a project that integrates forestry and agriculture through an organic, sustainable, social, and environmentally friendly system.
The hotel rooms have been designed as polished gray concrete boxes that are clustered around the lake, with side walls of Bajareque wood that’s been finished with a mixture of kancab (red earth) and grass, much like a typical finish of a Mayan home.
Supported by concrete columns, the cabins also give the impression that they are floating in the water.
At night, the wood detailing on the exteriors of the cabins are highlighted with the use of uplighting.
The wood detailing is also used on the interior of the hotel rooms as an accent wall, while sliding doors open the space to the water view that’s surrounded by local fauna and vegetation.
The rooms also include a bathroom that been designed with warm wood accents, a skylight, plants, and a backlit mirror above the vanity.
Photography: Manolo R. Solís | Architecture firm: Etea | Lead Architects:Jessica Cetina Falla, Adriana Ancona Bouza | Design Team:Monscerrat Campos, Asiria Uribia, Sebastián Olivera, Omar Koh | Construction Team:Sucovisa
Gianserra + Lima arquitectos has designed a modern concrete home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and included in the creation of the house, is a custom concrete fence.
The home is partially hidden from view from the road by the concrete wall, however, glimpses of the interior spaces can be seen through the gaps.
The small gaps allow for privacy as well as the natural breeze to pass through. Another added bonus of the design are the different shadows that are cast throughout the day.
Here are a couple of closeups of the concrete blocks that have been used to create the walls.
The rear of the home also includes the wall design, as it acts as a privacy screen from the neighbors when using the pool.
Sliding glass walls on both sides of the home open the interior to the outdoors, creating true indoor/outdoor living.
Inside the home, like in the kitchen, the exposed concrete contrasts the black cabinets, as well as the island.
Floor-to-ceiling wood lines the hallway of the home and leads to the bedrooms, which also make use of the wood walls, creating a warm and cozy interior.
Photography by arq. Luis Barandiarán | Architecture firm: Gianserra + Lima arquitectos | Architects in charge: Fernando Gianserra, Luis Gonzalo Lima | Collaborators: arqs. Juana Martocci, Claudio Montes de Oca, Florencia Pazos y Tomás Rossini
Austin Maynard Architects has recently completed a new home in inner-city Melbourne, Australia, that includes both metal shingles and recycled brick in its construction.
The owners of the ‘Garden House’ requested a family home that would be super modern, high performing, highly sustainable, and with the ability to change and adapt over time.
The home is hidden from the street and accessed via a pedestrian laneway that travels from the garage to the main living spaces.
The exterior of the home looks like a pretty, white shingled cottage with a perfect pitched roof.
The white Flat Lock metal shingles on the facade give the home a unique appearance.
Metal awnings that protrude away from the house provide shade to the interior spaces when it’s sunny.
True to its name, the Garden House has substantial trees and plants that surround it, many of which were on the site before the home was built.
The outdoor spaces include a fire pit with a custom-designed curved bench, a swimming pool, courtyards, alfresco dining, pergolas, and decks.
The home is separated into different zones, each connected via mirrored glass links or bridges, reflecting the garden and essentially making them disappear.
Recycled yellow brick features throughout the home, reminding the owners of the happy memories they invoked, like their grandparent’s homes and their days at Melbourne University.
Inside the home, the living room is furnished with a large sofa and abstract artwork, while a white slat ceiling adds a unique design element.
Behind the sofa is a small home office/homework station that’s been tucked within a closet, making it easily accessible, and at the same time, can be hidden from when not in use.
The home office is adjacent to a large window that provides an unobstructed view of the garden outside.
The garden is accessible through a black-framed glass door. In the nearby kitchen, hardware-free cabinets line the wall, while the black island and shelving create a contrasting element, and the mirrored backsplash reflects the living room.
The living room also includes a low television console and floating white shelves that match the ceiling.
The wood cabinets from the kitchen continue through the dining room and result in an open niche with shelving. Beside the cabinets and in the brick wall, there’s a small built-in window seat.
Adjacent to the dining room is a secondary living room furnished for relaxing.
The staircase features the recycled yellow bricks that then transition to connect with the wood stair treads. A large black framed window perfectly frames the tree and outdoor dining area.
At the end of a hallway is a small seating niche by the window that includes upholstered benches, ideal for when the children want to have a quiet moment.
In one of the bedrooms, a partial wood wall becomes the backdrop for the bed and includes bedside tables and shelving niches in its design.
In one of the bathrooms, gray walls and floors are accented by a wood-lined shelving niche, small metallic tiles, and a white freestanding bathtub.
In another bedroom, bright white walls create a clean and crisp look, while the artwork adds a touch of color.
In one of the other bathrooms, there are white walls that have been paired with soft blue/green tiles and matching grout for a contemporary look.
Solar panels have been installed on the roof as the average Australian house uses 19kwh of energy per day. This home, however, produces 100kwh per day and has a 26kwh Tesla battery, making it high-performing and hi-tech.
To understand the layout of the home, here’s the floor plan.
You can learn more about the house by watching the following video.