Permanent Camping / Casey Brown Architecture

  • 01:00 - 7 March, 2013
© Rob Brown
© Rob Brown
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mudgee NSW
  • Design Architect

    Rob Brown
  • Project Architect

    Hernan Alvarez
  • Area

    18.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Rob Brown, Penny Clay

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  • Builder

    Jeffrey Broadfield
  • Structural Consultant

    Ken Murtagh
  • Mechanical Consultant

    Jonathan Temple
© Penny Clay
© Penny Clay

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

© Penny Clay
© Penny Clay

Conceived as a retreat for one or two people, the building has a minimal 3x3m footprint providing shelter. The structure is a two storey copper clad tower; the sides open up on the ground level to provide wide verandahs to the north, east and western elevations. To the south a water tank and winches are located to operate the moveable verandah roofs. When not in use, these roofs close down to completely enclose the timber and glass interior protecting it from the elements in particular bush fires.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Internally, the structure is beautifully crafted from recycled ironbark providing a sleeping loft and small kitchen with a Rais wood fired slow combustion stove.

Water is collected on the roof and a separate WC, also in copper clad hardwood, is located a short walk to the west. The structure is heavily insulated from both cold winds and searing daytime temperatures with multi layered walls all ventilated top and bottom allowing free air movement.

Due to the isolated nature of the building site, the building was completely prefabricated by the builder Jeffery Broadfield in Sydney then transported to site and erected.

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