A stylish and sophisticated home is the perfect holiday 'shack' for a design-savvy family. Designed by mishack using their flexible modular design system, the family's mid-century inspired style gets a unique Australian twist...
With the owners' ’72 Honda CB350f Café Racer parked out the front of Clarke Shack, you might feel like you've stepped back in time, transported to a mid-century Californian home overlooking the Hollywood Hills and oozing with cool. But when you take a closer look, touches of COLORBOND steel cladding, the distinctive 'wave-shaped' roof and the nearby patch of paperbarks reorients you back to Australia - whoa, that was a wild ride!
In reality, this stylish modern beach shack is at the opposite end of the world to the twinkling lights of Tinseltown, in Dunsborough, Western Australia. Sitting on an elevated block overlooking paperbark scrub and a nearby creek, Clarke Shack is mid-century modern fused with Aussie farm-shed style - the perfect combination of cool and practical.
Marcus Browne, the architect behind mishack, explains his unique approach to design, "it’s a flexible modular system of preconfigured zones where each diagrammatic zone represents a more detailed and intricate design solution in terms of smart construction, finish and fit out."
With zones like 'grill'n chill', 'glide' and 'ride' (see plan below) representing the alfresco/deck area, corridor and garage, respectively, Marcus's sense of fun is infused throughout the design system. By arranging these zones to suit the clients' needs as well as considering passive design principles, Marcus is able to bring architecture into the project without the expense and unknowns of a completely bespoke design. While the construction technique is not modular, mishack's preconfigured zones and standard construction techniques gives them an accurate cost breakdown for each shack.
"The touch of architecture elevates a home beyond pure function and practicality to something special and enriching... Our collective aim is to enable more people to be able to enjoy these life enhancing benefits... we think that’s important." - Marcus Browne, mishack