01 White Shack / mishack

From the architects:Firstly a rural retreat for a former 80’s UK pop star and family, now a weekend surf shack for a mailbu cruiser and his family and their extended entourage of fellow surf compadres. Both owners have highlighted the strengths of the shack’s passive solar design and how this has enriched their living experience through creating a comfortable living environment irrespective of the season and only needing to use the air-conditioning very minimally on extreme situations of heat or cold.

01 white shack / mishack
© Ange Wall

Site

Nestled in wine country, just a stones throw from the best wood-fired bread on the planet, this cleared acreage of ‘Down South Bliss’ amongst the Yallingup hinterland blessed us with the perfect setting. A slightly sloping lot of sandy soil, surrounded by woodland, a building envelope with perfect solar north orientation caressed by two large Marri trees at the east and west ends providing wind protection and shade – the ideal conditions for a solar passive shack.

01 white shack / mishack
© Ange Wall

Briefing

A family bursting with creative souls, this shack needed to be as stylish and as interesting as the people livin’ in it. Easy flowing functional spaces connecting the indoors with the outdoors along with separation for the big people to escape from the little people when sanity demanded. The ‘Play’ Zone would serve to record and archive all those important moments of inspiration of music and words for the well known Australian author (and former UK pop star), his wife and their budding ACDC loving rug rat.

01 white shack / mishack
© Ange Wall
01 white shack / mishack
© Ange Wall

Design solution

We couldn’t have wished for better client. This is where the collaborative process of mishack. was born, client, architect and builder working together from the outset. Hence, the ultimate solution: Three minor kids’ bedrooms, a large fully pimped out bathroom, one master bedroom with luxurious ensuite and private deck, a spacious open plan living area flowing seamlessly onto an outdoor alfresco area to cook, eat, chill and grill; a versatile ‘Play’ Zone to serve a host of functions, including a recording studio and an after surf shower to wash off the salt.

Project Details:

Location: Yallingup, Australia
Area: 360 sqm
Design: mishack
Photographs: Ange Wall

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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