Friday, August 28, 2009

Live Zepplin

This cocoon for weekend living is situated in a bushy coastal hamlet on the Great Ocean Road. The steepness of the site, the dramatic views and the sometimes harsh climate resulted in a object house that whilst protecting from the elements, opened one side to the landscape. In principle this is a matchbox inside an egg, a rectangle within an oval. Inside, the spaces dovetail together with the economic precision of a small boat or caravan.
The light weight monocoque structure is a hybrid of techniques appropriated from boat building and aircraft engineering.
The path to building this home was one of unleashing the pragmatic inside the poetic.
The concept of using old structures or transportation vehicles to covert into living spaces is nothing new. However, this is the first Zepplin i've seen that has been converted into a modern living space. Kudos to the designers and architects of this project Bellemo & Cat of Australia.

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