Benn + Penna completes corrugated metal cabin in the Australian bush


This pill-shaped corrugated-metal cabin contains a reading room for a rural retreat in Australia's Barragorang Valley

Southern Highlands House was designed by Sydney studio Benn + Penna as an addition to a bush retreat owned by a couple who like to escape from the city at the weekends.

Situated around three hours by car from Sydney in a remote area of the Barragorang Valley, the site can only be accessed by four-wheel-drive vehicles and is entirely off grid, with no communications network.

The property comprises two other pavilions for sleeping and living that were designed by architect Beverley Garlick in 1993.

Benn + Penna referenced the curved roof forms and materiality of the existing structures in the design of the reading room, which is connected to the other pavilions by a new path and awning.

The reading room is positioned on one side of a pill-shaped concrete plinth, with the remaining surface forming a verandah that is connected to the interior by large sliding doors at the side and one end.