mdvp was invited to design a model eco-cabin on a proposed eco-retreat in Dandenong, Victoria. We approached the project strategically within three areas: construction, spatial flexibility and sustainability. The Tri-pod was envisioned as a series of exaggerated pre-fabricated roof trusses acting as both roof and wall structure cutting construction time. Due to its modular nature as a series of roof trusses, the pods could be made longer by simply adding further trusses. The large roof area allows the catchment of rainwater with tanks stored in the sub-floor structure. We proposed a second pre-fabricated pod made out of Plywood (Ply-pod) to be inserted within the Tri-pod. The pods would create both private and public spaces without eliminating the double-height spaces. The Ply-pod will house the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom facilities with a flexible space above whilst grouping services together.
mdvp (mode-vp) is a young Melbourne-based design practice that is part-real, speculative and visual. We operate in a variety of modes to explore architectural and visual solutions for both real-world applications and investigative research.