Little Green Cabin | Cloud Dwellers

Little Green Cabin | Cloud Dwellers | Photographer: Cathy Schusler

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Little Green Cabin | Cloud Dwellers

Traditional Land Owners
Yuggera and Turrbal




Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Wally Williams Constructions
Cathy Schusler
Project summary

Little Green Cabin goes beyond the standard house extension approach, instead offering an enjoyable backyard getaway.

Following the removal of earlier additions to the existing house, a new covered link leads to a cabin positioned adjacent the rear boundary. This planning allows both house and cabin to look into a central landscaped courtyard.

The new structure also progressively brings people from the elevated house down to ground, reconnecting the house with the landscape.

The cabin interior accommodates an office, bathroom, kitchenette, and a flexible space used both for visiting relatives and as a breakout for a family with active boys.

While the design features the clean lines of modernism, quirky colours that continue from interior to exterior hark back to the fibro holiday houses once common along Queensland’s coast.

Little Green Cabin’s humble material palette, compact size, and climate responsive design show that architecture can still be about simple pleasures.

Our brief was for an office, extra bathroom and bedroom.

The benefits have exceeded far and beyond this: we gained an outdoor entertaining area, games room, music studio, cocktail bar, place to watch late night movies and check on elderly neighbours.

The steps are a spot for tea drinking, ice blocks and watching wildlife.

Travelling family have a private place of their own that feels like a second home.

Everything existing is amplified and more accessible.

The build incorporates our love of gardening, mid-century modern and Australian design and we are thrilled with the result.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Energy Rating Consulting, ESD Consultant
NJA Consulting, Structural Engineer
Tropiscapes, Landscape Consultant

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Little Green Cabin | Cloud Dwellers | Photographer: Cathy Schusler

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