Pels pobladors australians del S.XIX, la construcció de cases energèticament eficients era una qüestió de necessitat degut a l'accés limitat a materials, tècniques i recursos. Actualment, alguns arquitectes s'han conscienciat del panorama energètic global, i de l'impacte ambiental de la construcció i manteniment de l'habitatge. Aquesta nova manera de pensar està portant als arquitectes australians a actualitzar els sistemes de 'baix consum' de la casa rural del S.XIX. Aquests bàsicament són tres: l'adequació ambiental dels materials de construcció; el tractament de l'aigua com un bé preciós; i les estratègies passives d'ombra, ventilació i calefacció per condicionar l'aire interior.  

El següent projecte, Permanent Camping, situat a la remota regió de Mudgee és, sota el meu parer, un molt bon exercici que reflexa aquesta manera d'entendre l'arquitectura. 

north-west view | © Penny Clay

Permanent Camping 
Mudgee NSW 

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. 

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. 

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.

Text by Casey Brown Architecture

north view | © Rob Brown

south view | © Penny Clay

north-east view | © Penny Clay

living | © Penny Clay

kitchen | © Penny Clay

bedroom | © Penny Clay

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