This cabin located in the Australian Outback may not look like much, but it’s the culmination of a long effort to construct a wilderness shelter.
Built by the late Nicholas Murcutt, The Box House started out as a tent, according to Inhabitat. It originally lacked electricity, running water, and a bathroom, but it’s slowly evolved into a true house.
The cube-shaped cabin is clad in recycled hardwood, and features a rainwater collection system with a gravity feed from an elevated tank. It’s elevated on concrete piers, and features many windows of all sizes for more than enough natural lighting.
However, those are about the only amenities. The bathroom is outside, in a storage shed topped with solar panels. Cooking is done by campfire, and the interior has no insulation or finish at all. The timber is exposed for a decidedly primitive feel.
The Box House was built by Nicholas Murcutt, who completed it in 2002 using only a wish list from the client, and a site survey and photographs. Murcutt went on to start a firm, Neeson Murcutt Architects, with his wife in 2004. Sadly, he died of lung cancer a few years later. Deep in the Outback, though, the cabin he designed still stands.