The permanent camp is located on a remote pristine mountain on a sheep station in central western NSW, Australia. The tower is sited at the edge of a ridge, surrounded by large granite boulders and ancient dead trees. Its remote location affords panoramic views for hundreds of miles to the horizon.
This structure was the realisation of a dream for the client. 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 with the sides opening up on the ground level to provide wide verandas to the north, east and western elevations. To the south, a water tank and winches are located to operate the moveable veranda 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 with a separate WC, also in copper clad hardwood, located a short walk to the west. The structure is heavily insulated from cold winds as well as 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 Jeffrey Broadfield in Sydney and then transported to site and erected.
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