Thursday, March 7, 2013

mudgee tower - permanent camping

mudgee tower - permanent camping by casey brown architecture. mudgee nsw.
looks like paradise.  

located on a remote pristine mountain on a sheep station in central western NSW, this structure was the realization of a dream for the client. situated at the edge of a ridge surrounded by large granite boulders & ancient dead trees, the tower has panoramic views for hundreds of miles to the horizon.

conceived as a retreat for one or two people, the building is a 3X3m 2-storey copper clad shelter. the sides open up on the ground level to provide wide verandahs to the north, east & western elevations. to the south is a water tank & the winches that operate the moveable verandah roofs.  when not in use, the roofs close down to completely enclose the timber & glass interior protecting it from the elements - especially brush fires.

inside the structure is crafted from recycled ironbark. there is a sleeping loft & small kitchen with a rais wood fired slow combustion stove.

water is collected on the roof & a separate WC, also in copper clad hardwood, is located a short walk to the west. the structure is heavily insulated from both the cold winds & searing daytime temperatures with multi-layered walls that are ventilated at the top & bottom to allow free air movement.

due to the isolated nature of the building site it was prefabricated by the builder jeffery broadfield in sydney & transported to the site.

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