Cocoon House

Wye River, Victoria

This cocoon for weekend living is situated in a bushy coastal hamlet on the Great Ocean Road. The steepness of the site, the dramatic views and the sometimes harsh climate resulted in an object house that whilst protecting from the elements, opened one side to the landscape. In principle this is a matchbox inside an egg, a rectangle within an oval. Inside, the spaces dovetail together with the economic precision of a small boat or caravan.

The light weight monocoque structure is a hybrid of techniques appropriated from boat building and aircraft engineering.

The path to building this home was one of unleashing the pragmatic inside the poetic.

Selected Publications

  • ‘Cocoon House’, Houses, Issue 86
  • R. Klanten, L. Feireiss, Spacecraft 2, Berlin: Gestalten, p. 123
  • ‘Zeppelin im Busch’, Häuser, Issue 2/05, pp. 38-41
  • Dominic Bradbury, New Country House, London: Laurence King Publishing, pp. 192-197
  • ‘Casa Cocoon’, AV Monografías: Cassas Con Sentido (Houses with Sense), Issue 102, pp. 72-75