About Habitusliving

 

Habitus is a movement for living in design. We’re an intelligent community of original thinkers in constant search of native uniqueness in our region.

 

From our base in Australia, we strive to capture the best edit, curating the stories behind the stories for authentic and expressive living.

 

Habitusliving.com explores the best residential architecture and design in Australia and Asia Pacific.

 

Learn more

Here’s a Hut with Heart

Whimsy and playful practicality merge in the designer cubbyhouse Vardo Hut, created by Doherty Design Studio and auctioned at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show to raise funds for Kids Under Cover.

 

IMG_8699

IMG_8749

IMG_8781

“Cubbyhouses represent some of the happiest times of my childhood and, today, play an essential role in my own children’s recreation and creative development,” says Mardi Doherty, director of Doherty Design Studio “I wanted our Vardo Hut to stimulate that same happy, escapist feel for other children, while also sitting in harmony with the garden”

IMG_8785

 

IMG_8885

IMG_8915
Doherty Design Studio has designed and built a modern interpretation of an evocative design for the Cubby House Challenge at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS, which ran from March 25 to 29) to create their nomadic-look Vardo Hut and raise funds to help prevent youth homelessness.
 

IMG_8949

IMG_8956

IMG_8960
The studio, renowned for its bespoke solutions and sense of play, has mimicked the frontage of the traditional Gypsy Wagon (or, in gypsy language, vardo), then created a ‘treehouse-esque’ loft level and utilised common garden materials, plus ledges and mesh for growing plants, to integrate their design into the backyard.
IMG_8962

IMG_8973

IMG_8985

IMG_9030

IMG_9111
“We looked to the nomadic vardo for inspiration, harnessing the traditional shape to evoke a sense of adventure from the built form. Common garden materials have been used to express bold playful forms, while we’ve allowed for children to create hanging gardens from the form to further integrate it within its surroundings and allow the children to craft their own experience,” explains Mardi.
IMG_9129

IMG_9134

IMG_9148

IMG_9208

Multiple points of entry and ladders engage the young mind and sense of adventure, while encouraging physical development through a use of co-ordination and gross motor skills.

IMG_9210

IMG_9216
For practicality, a clear roof allows in natural light (while also providing a visual connection to surroundings); entry points provide cross-ventilation and opportunities for visual supervision; while the overall design educates children on living sensitively within nature, plus allows them to experience, understand and interact with contextual design.
IMG_9249

IMG_9250

“We work in a very materialistic industry, so our design team was delighted to be part of such an important event where we could give something back to the community,” says Mardi.

IMG_9251

IMG_9279

 


Photography by Andy Johnson

 
The Vardo Hut won People’s Choice Award and sold for $9000.00 at an Auction, the highest price reached out of the six entries and well over its reserve of $6500.00.

Doherty Design Studio collaborated with Visual Builders for the building phase.

www.dohertydesignstudio.com.au | www.visualbuilders.com.au

Tags: , , , , ,