Background:The Bunkie design extends a conventional brief for a 160 square foot sleeping cabin. The goal was to redevelop a ‘grandfathered’ site, abandoned on the highly prized waterfront for which new building is restricted.
Approach:The ‘Bunkie’ is a small cabin built in the woods on the edge of a lake, adjacent to an existing family cottage. Designed as a multi-use retreat and workspace, the space provides accommodation for the family or their guests, some of whom would appreciate privacy.
The building elements can move like a Swiss watch, with manually-driven gearing operations designed to easily transform the space and one’s connection to the surroundings with a convertible roof, a drawer-like deck floor, movable privacy screens, and a retractable picture window. The Bunkie functions perfectly well off the grid or connected to pre-existing services, without interrupting the existing watershed or tree canopy.