I love the Love Shack. I found this treasure of a design while exploring Smartshax, an Australian company that designs lightweight, prefab timber huts for remote areas and vacation spots. Smartshax are intentionally unremarkable little cabins, which are meant to blend in and highlight their natural surroundings. So among these plain facades, my eye was magnetized to this single image of the Love Shack, an idyllic looking bungalow perched among the treetops.

The project draws its inspiration from traditional Aboriginal sleeping platforms. This prototype Love Shack is located in Darwin, a tropical area that fluctuates between high rainfall and humidity, and arid heat. Survival in such an extreme climate hinges on having a good place to kick back and find a little comfort. Nestled into the cool shade of the trees, this is the antidote to overwhelming weather.

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  1. philip good October 13, 2005 at 1:47 am

    very simple and functional, would love to see more

  2. Jaggae October 11, 2005 at 2:20 am

    I like that there is maximised viewing pleasure of the lush greenery. But, given the wet weather of tropical rainforests, i doubt the people inside can stay dry for long, ha!

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