Vintage viewfinders inspired this studio in Australia
“This little building is a soft gesture of curved timber sitting aloft, generously hugging an expansive view of The Hazards,” said Matt Williams Architects. “A place for quiet reflection, solitude and respite for our beautiful clients.”
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It’s a tiny home, a studio apartment and a refuge. Whatever you call it, Dolphin Sands Studio’s unique architecture along the Australian coastline was inspired by the shape of vintage slide viewfinders.
The clients, a couple of artists, are living in the tiny home until their main house is completed. At which point, the Dolphin Sands Studio will convert to a guest house for visitors. Located on Tasmania’s eastern coast, the home and the window placements are oriented to take in views of the surrounding Great Oyster Bay and Freycinet Peninsula.
Upon approach, visitors will see the outdoor shower and hardwood deck. Furthermore, the home is elevated on stilts to accommodate the dune landscape and insist on minimal site impact for the structure.
While exposed to the elements, the structure offers shelter, allowing in copious natural light and cross-ventilation. Designed by sustainable-architecture firm Matt Williams Architects, the focus for a minimalist design made of locally-sourced materials was in alignment with the client’s goals. Inasmuch, the driveway, the water tank for both household use and fire fighting, electricity and wastewater were all designed to minimize disturbance of the land.
Additionally, materials for the home were carefully considered to avoid concrete and work in conjunction with the land. The pathway from the road contours around the existing dunes. The effort to raise the home allows plants to grow without impact. Inside, oriented strand board lines the walls for a minimalist vibe. Black limestone pavers used for flooring add contrast and contribute to the well-insulated envelope of the home.
“The design brings the experience of living in a beautifully crafted physical artwork that inspires all aspects of our life,” commented the clients. “We love the feeling of calm and the fact that the space grounds us in the natural surroundings. The studio gives you a feeling of reverential respect for the vision and craftsmanship mixed with joy and wonder. Living in the space is our personal meditation.”