Curvalicious Trunk House Shows its True Charm

Somewhat Art Nouveau in Style, Don’t You Think?


This lovely little wooden cabin in Central Highlands, Victoria, Australia is the finest gem of its kind, embellished with fork style natural shaped columns that zigzag around the exterior, providing support to the roof. The cottage is blessed with tall trees on all sides that make good boundary to it for the utmost privacy.  And though it may look like but a small shed at first glance, it actually contains a remarkable amount of space, including 2 bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom and a kitchen just like any other normal sized urban home.


The zigzagging external columns connect with a system of wooden trusses to form the structure supporting the building’s overhanging roof. A number of trees were felled to make room for the cabin, but were then milled and cured onsite to provide panels for lining the interior. This project has evolved the building type, the small weekender, by answering a simple question—how does one go into a forest and use the forms of the ecology to build a house? The project is a small cabin in Victoria’s Central Highlands. The clients are medical practitioners/ academics with a daughter attending university. The brief included a living area, small kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. They asked for a small forest cabin in which they could practice choral signing. They desired a small habitat that connected them with the isolation one finds in a forest, and the closeness to the birdlife. The bifurcations were sourced from forest floors and farmland, and, due to their age, were well seasoned. Stringybark trees were removed from the site to make way for the new house. A mobile milling machine was delivered to site, and the lining boards were milled, cured on site, and then fixed internally.











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