Otways

Type  Private/Retreat
Location  Otways, VIC
Size  80m2
Year  2018

A retreat located in the Otways approximately 200kms South West of Melbourne. The small home sits nestled upon the high side of a valley surrounded by a dense forest.

The retreat acts as a sheltered platform protecting from the elements whilst viewing its surrounds. The simple roof form plays on the vernacular sheds of the area and extends over divided rooms to unite the home. Its form has been split to make a clear division between living and sleeping. 

The planning of the retreat has been carefully considered. Its form creates a sense of denial on the approach but once inside, long windows reveal the landscape beyond. Higher windows capture morning light while the lower windows capture daylight and extend into views. This allows the warm interiors to change over the course of the day in the same way the landscape changes over the course of the seasons.

‘and all at once,
summer collapsed into fall’

Wilde

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