Set on a startlingly beautiful elevation on this sprawling Breakneck Gorge property, not far outside the tourist hotspot of Hepburn Springs (Australia), Oikos was designed as an indulgent retreat from the city.
Evoking the red centre of this great southern land, it’s a sculptural creation that both complements and disappears into the rugged, precipices on which it perches. Inside, smartly designed spaces are, from every angle, framed by stunning picture windows peeking out onto gum trees. From the sleek soaking bath to the cowhide daybed, every aspect of Oikos is conceived as a peaceful surrender.
Built on the site in 1962, the original dark and opaque cedar cabin left the owners feeling cut off from nature, and they asked for a indoor outdoor retreat that would allow them to be closer to the land and also house an expanded program of three additional bedrooms and sleeping quarters for their extended family. The project has three elements: 1) The repurposed 20’x20’ footprint of the original cabin, 2) the cabin addition, and 3) a new bunkhouse and bathroom to the north.