Trunk House is a new cabin in Australia’s Central Highlands built by Paul Morgan Architects. It doesn’t take more than one look to see how appropriate that name is.
The structure of this modern cabin is made from tree forks, which are usually discarded by commercial loggers. The rest of the cabin is made from wood salvaged from the building site.
The tree forks not only serve as a sustainable form of scaffolding, but also replicate the look of animal bones, which the architects wanted to incorporate into the original design, according to Jetson Green.
To make them sturdy enough to support the cabin, the forks were pre-seasoned prior to installation. They’re joined to columns with internal metal plates. An internal column with radiating beams completes the triangulated system of support.
The result is a dwelling that makes efficient use of available materials, and has a unique look that people wandering through the woods will appreciate.