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PHAT HUT

Phat HUT is an update of the ubiquitous ‘Wendy House’ used in South African suburbs as cheap additional storage space or accommodation.

Although small and monolithic when closed, the structure opens up to accommodate social events. It measures 3x6m in plan, with walls at 2.3m height and is made up of a 50x50mm timber frame clad with 16mm plywood. An outer layer of epoxy fiberglass is both structural and waterproof. When in use, three walls can be opened up by either tipping them up or down. On a summer day the tipped up walls increase the amount of outdoor shaded area, whilst the tip-down wall becomes a floating deck. In order to ensure that all this openness remains practical a dedicated storage wall offers ample space for a pantry / kitchen, workshop or study. The roof space can be used for additional storage of long objects such as fishing rods, skis or canoes loaded through an open-able porthole in the gable.

Team: Anne Graupner, Thorsten Deckler, Dustin August, Nadine Naidoo
featured in: Mens Health Living, July / August 2008