An Off Grid Cabin Inspired by Japanese Interior Design (Cabin Tour)



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Nestled within a forest clearing on Bruny Island, along the South East Coast of Tasmania, Bruny Island Hideaway by Maguire + Devine Architects emerges as off grid cabin filled with an undeniable charm and sense of escape.

Accessible via a car ferry and a short drive, Bruny Island Hideaway is the quintessential tiny cabin. The Japanese-inspired structure emerges calmly within the clearing, in a location that dictated the need to be off grid. With no water supply or sewage infrastructure, the off grid cabin required a self-sufficient design; solar panels, rainwater storage as well as a duel chimney, fireplace and stove feature throughout the home.

The cabin tour showcases a minimal design, as the architecture and interior design incorporates concealed joinery and appliances in a poetic yet functional way. The off grid cabin required furniture and joinery built into the space, resulting in a flexible interior design that is both cosy and comfortable. Designing a tiny cabin meant that consideration needed to be given to how the space functioned and cleverly integrated surfaces showcase an honest use of craft and material.

Internally, the off grid cabin features light pine cladding and lining, with knots and grains adding character to the space. The timber cladding is also incorporated in the exterior; the timber reinforces an authentic discourse that the tiny cabin has with the surrounding natural environment.

The off grid cabin design borrows design principles from Japanese architecture. The simplicity of the space speaks to functionality, while natural light informs a sense of openness within the small internal footprint.

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Architecture by Maguire + Devine Architects.
Photography by Rob Maver.
Filmed and Edited by Cheer Squad Film Co.
Production by The Local Project.

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