Hutch | Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

Hutch | Madeleine Blanchfield Architects | Photographer: Alexandra Adoncello

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Hutch | Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Wonnarua Nation, including Darkinjung and Awabakal lands
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Small Project Architecture
Builder
Sanders Construction Projects and Exclusive Trailers
Photographer
Alexandra Adoncello
Robert Walsh
Project summary

Hutch is a capsule of shelter, sustainability and style. A prototype, off-grid cabin tucked away in a valley near the rural village of Wollombi. The project was conceptualised recognising the urban dwellers’ need for escape, recharge in nature, rest, relaxation, adventure and, perhaps most of all, wellbeing. A need that has been heightened by the recent global pandemic that coincided with our design process.

Complex functional requirements had to be created in almost impossibly small spaces to achieve the modest footprint. Madeleine Blanchfield Architects met the challenge of maximum usability and sustainable living within the weight and size constraints of a mobile dwelling.

The end result is an open, flexible and spacious feeling pod which, when opened up, is virtually entirely outdoors. A wood-fired hot tub completes the experience with bathing beneath the stars at night.

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Small Project Architecture
New South Wales Jury Presentation

Madeleine Blanchfield Architects were engaged to develop a unique, transportable luxury cabin for our wilderness ‘hotel’ business. The prototype has exceeded our expectations. It can be relocated to different sites easily and cost-effectively, allows flexible installation and fine-tuning of the cabin’s orientation on site. The design quality reinforces our “relaxed luxury” brand, and means we have less maintenance and running costs compared to cheaper models. This makes our business more sustainable long-term. This 360 degree nature-immersion experience sets a new design and quality standard for the small, mobile “home away from home”. We are excited for cabin no. 2!

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