krakani lumi

Taylor & Hinds Architects

Steeped in the sensibilities of a 40,000 year old culture, this project maintains a deep sense of environmental awareness and custodianship.

The siting considers both the mild climate of the North East of Tasmania, but also positions the project in the lee of existing vegetation, which reduces the impacts of localised changes in diurnal temperature from sea breezes. Artificial heating and cooling demand is reduced by encouraging guests to be weather-aware and dress accordingly. Traditional pelted Wallaby shawls are provided for additional warmth.

The Standing Camp is entirely off-grid – powered by a 5.3 kW roof mounted Solar Array. Water is harvested on site. The materiality is limited to robust timber and metal finishes. All timbers have been locally sourced from sustainably managed Tasmanian supplies. There is no glazing at krakani lumi. Not a single tree was removed in the process of constructing this project.

Small hollows are made into the residual space of the walls of the standing camp to provide nesting locations for hollow-dependant marsupials and birds, including the endangered New Holland Mouse.

The approach to the site is made from a pristine dune, through open coastal heath that is rich in diverse flora and animal-life.

Impossible to see until arriving, krakani lumi is enveloped deep within a grove of banksia marginata. Clad in charred Tasmanian timber, the individual structures appear as a series of discrete dark pavilions, merging as shadows into the surrounding dense banksia, camouflaging the camp when it is not in use.

The exterior of the individual structures of the standing camp are robust, tautly and economically detailed, and resilient to the sea air and to tampering.

When the individual structures are opened, a warm half-domed blackwood-lined interior is exposed.