Dunn & Hillam Architects
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Although in an obvious lineage of Australian shed architecture, this simple shelter is convincingly a permanent campsite, where the experience and delight of being in the place is more important (and rejuvenating) than conventional comforts. Yes, you will occasionally get wet and cold, but genuine immersion in a special place has clearly underpinned the development of this scheme.
Careful consideration of the plan reveals that the major room at the north is essentially a covered outdoor room - the caravan annexe or tent fly. It is the space for community, from which daily activities are planned, launched and celebrated. Truly interior spaces are the all-weather places that permanent campsites require - for sleeping, ablutions and cooking.
Considerable effort has been made throughout this house in plan, section and materiality, all of which contribute to the sense of care and privilege. Although base camps can be made in multiple (and often destructive) ways, Dogtrot House is rendered in an articulate and rigorous manner by architect and builder while never presuming that buildings are more significant than landscape.
The Dogtrot House is a permanent campsite. It celebrates the frugality and elegance of shelter, it is a house for the carrying out of family life in the elements, it is a house that is everything you need and nothing you don't. It is humble, poetic and without pretence.