HOWQUA RIVER RETREAT
CATEGORY: RESIDENTIAL – NEW BUILD
LOCATION – HOWQUA RIVER – VICTORIA
STATUS – CONCEPT DESIGN
YEAR – 2013
Situated by the Howqua River three and a half hours north east of Melbourne at the base of the Alpine National Park in Victoria, the Howqua river retreat is a modest self-sufficient cabin for a Melbourne family and their friends. Derived from the idea that a 5m x 5m footprint is all that is required, the cabin is only a stone’s throw away from the Howqua River on the crescent of a bend in the river.
Holiday houses are often very similar to suburban dwellings. Here the client wanted a dwelling that gave the feel of a camping experience with a close connection to the natural environment, but with some home comforts. The camping experience allows us to leave behind what is not necessary, affording us the opportunity to reconnect with the natural environment. The cabin therefore focuses on the simple key acts of sleeping, eating and social activities all the while framing key moments in the surrounding environment. This simplistic expression and lifestyle is carried through by the lightweight construction and uncomplicated use of materials. The exterior is clad in recycled corrugated iron which will be allowed to naturally weather and fuse with the sites seasonal tones. The intimate interior is to be sourced and crafted from local hardwood, while the walls and ceilings are to be lined with lime-washed plywood.