Balnarring Retreat By Branch Studio Architects

View all 7 Photos

A lo-fi, versatile and multi-functional retreat that embraces slow living.

Standing at the edge of a pond and surrounded by vegetation, this cabin by the lake offers its inhabitants a quiet living space away from their urban home. A place for slow living in a gorgeous natural environment. A place where the sun, water, birds, and greenery become a part of the interior. And a perfect example of the contemporary cabins Australia has to offer.

The modern Balnarring Retreat was ingeniously designed by Branch Studio Architects as a multipurpose retreat/studio. It easily transforms to fulfill the clients’ different requirements through folding furniture, as well as sliding panels and curtains. Thus, “the inhabitant must fold and unfold the various components by hand, mindfully manipulating the very space they inhabit and therefore becoming a part of the space, not the master of it,” say the architects.

Modern and simple at the same time, this cabin by the lake rejects fixed labels in favor of versatility. It’s a peaceful retreat, office, yoga studio, reading room, or welcoming space for gathering with friends and family. Clad in rich brown wood and boasting light plywood walls and ceilings, it has the warmth of a mountain cabin. But stepping inside, guests find a contemporary space where concrete floors and minimalist furniture create a stylish, lofty ambience. A glazed wall set before the sunken lounge area fills the main room with natural light and frames the view. Here, time slows down as nature comes into focus and puts everything in a new light. Photography by Peter Clarke.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • The Shagwong Residence

    A weekend home designed with dark living spaces that maximize the vibrancy of a natural…

  • Casa en El Torón

    A contemporary house built in a nature reserve in Mexico. Built with great respect for…

  • Casa P

    A villa from the 1980s refurbished with modern living spaces and sand-textured concrete walls. Located…

  • Hale Mau’u

    A vacation house built in a tranquil natural landscape in Hawaii. Located on Hawaii’s Big…

  • The MV Chalet

    An old mountain chalet redesigned with new interiors and subtle extensions. Located in Madesimo, in…

  • Casa Octavia

    A minimalist boutique hotel that embodies the values of fashion brand Casa Octavia. Created in…

  • House in Puertecillo

    A contemporary wood house nestled between a forest and the sea in Chile. Built in…

  • Barwon Heads House

    A run-down cottage transformed into a gorgeous modern home. Located in Barwon Heads, Australia, this…

  • Forest House

    A steel and wood house nestled in a forest near Lake Tahoe. Located in Truckee,…

  • Villa RA

    A minimalist house nestled in a coastal landscape in Calabria, Italy. Designed by Italy and…

  • Divine House

    A wooden house designed with black cladding and white oak surfaces throughout the interior. Inspired…

Take me there

  • The Casona Sforza Hotel

    A new boutique hotel inspired by tradition, harmonious reflection, and nature. Designed by Mexican architect…

  • The Kiro Hiroshima Hotel

    A former hospital transformed into a modern hotel. Located in the center of Hiroshima, Japan,…

  • Numeroventi

    An art residency program in the center of Florence. Founded by Martino di Napoli Rampolla…

loader