Bruny Island Retreat, an Off-Grid Cabin in Tasmania
Bruny Island Retreat: Can you imagine living without chairs or a sofa? Dr. Sophia Shih recommends it. Emergency doctor in Hobart, the capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania, Shih spends her professional life traveling to remote parts of Australia and says that she is almost never in the shared apartment that she uses based. For her few weeks off, she wanted to retire to a rustic place and had very specific thoughts on what it should and should not include, movable furniture belonging to the latter category.
Shih, 43, grew up in Taiwan in a Japanese-style home that gave him an appreciation for “highly designed minimalist design” – and the ability to happily sit cross-legged at a coffee table to eat, work and read. . For her dream cabin, she set her sights on the wild island of Bruny, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, and, after acquiring 99 acres of land, mostly conservation forests, she approached architects Hugh Maguire and Dan Devine of Hobart Maguire & Devine to design it.
Shih found the architects through a mutual hiking friend, and the three embraced the idea of a well-planned retreat, with, as Maguire says, “nothing extraordinary to crowd out loneliness.” Join us for a visual escape and think about trekking one day: when she is not in residence, Sophia rents the property on Airbnb (scroll to the end for the link).
Photograph of Rob Maver, courtesy of Maguire & Devine.
“The site is completely off-grid, and as such, the cabin collects its own rainwater, is powered by photovoltaic panels and heated by a wood oven, while the gas provides hot water and cooking on the hob, “explain the architects. “My job requires leadership and intensive communications,” says Sophia. “I hope it is not difficult to understand that I crave solitude and calm when I am on leave. And since I travel so much by plane, I am deeply aware of being a polluter and of the importance of a sustainable life. ”