Architect Designs a Tiny Cabin on a Hidden Beach (Cabin Tour)



At the end of an undulating path is Dolphin Sands Studio, a small cabin that floats atop the dunes and looks out to The Hazards mountain range and the Peninsula beyond. From the open deck of the cabin, the doors open up to the main living spaces of the studio cabin. Consisting of a kitchen, living space and bedroom – with an adjacent bathroom – the cabin home holds everything the occupants need in one space.

Located on a hidden beach in Tasmania, Australia, Dolphin Sands Studio by Matt Williams Architects has been conceived as a viewfinder – giving the occupants unmatched views across the bay. Completing the architecture and interior design, the architect worked alongside the builder to consider how the triangular form of the remote cabin could embrace its surroundings. This was done by employing a large south-southeast facing window and using as few materials as possible to create a calm space for the occupants.

Built on an exposed site, Dolphin Bay Studio embraces its surroundings by inserting itself as one with the landscape. Conceived as a solid tent, the cabin home allows for protection from the elements while maintaining an immediacy with the landscape. Employing sustainable materials, Matt Williams Architects establishes that the materials work in tune with the weather while not taking away from the experience of living in the unique beach cabin.

Capturing the golden sunrise every morning, the position of the cabin home allows the occupants to completely embrace the spectacular views and become one with the community. Though Dolphin Sands Studio is small in scale, the location and proximity to the bay brings external space for the occupants to enjoy. With a desire to reduce the impact on the terrain, as well as flora and fauna, the architect and builder created a minimally impactful home that inserts itself into the bay. Also offering an escape from the worries of everyday life and the bustling cityscape, the cabin is a uniquely designed home that considers more than its occupants. With an offer of serenity, sustainability and waterside living, Dolphin Bay Studio pushes towards what is possible when designing and living sustainably.

00:00 – Introduction to the Tiny Cabin on a Hidden Beach
00:31 – The Location of Dolphin Sands
00:45 – A Walkthrough and Around the Cabin
01:04 – The Spacial Components
01:24 – Conceived as a View Finder
01:59 – Utilising as Few Materials as Possible
02:20 – Room for Two
02:48 – Providing Protection
03:05 – The Triangular Form
03:28 – The Architects Proud Moments

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Photography by Adam Gibson.
Architecture and Interior Design by Matt Williams Architects.
Build by Peter Blythe Builders.
Structural Engineering by JSA Consulting Engineers.
Geotechnical Engineering by Geo-Environmental Solutions.
Filmed and Edited by The Local Project.
Production by The Local Project.

The Local Project acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land in Australia. We recognise the importance of Indigenous peoples in the identity of our country and continuing connections to Country and community. We pay our respect to Elders, past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous people of these lands.

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