Back to Gallery   ANBINIK, KAKADU, NT  Anbinik is resort owned and operated by Kakadu’s Djabulukgu Association which represents the Traditional Owners of the Park’s north. Troppo have worked with Djabulukgu since 1993.  Like the great spreading  An-binik  (Allosyncarpia) of Kakadu’s secret gorges, the resort offers a unique shelter experience. A cool, shady retreat from the heat of the Top End day.  These ‘tropical bungalows’, together with a cafe, reception and meeting areas, completed in 2014, represent a final stage of development of the resort.  The bungalows were constructed as portables and shipped to the site. They are plasterboard free and completed with local art and bespoke furnishings, including pandanus inspired ‘kakadu’ fretwork ceilings and Japanesey ‘noren’ split curtain privacy blinds. We designed the chairs, stools, and tables, again, affordably.  All materials are ‘real’, earthy and robust. Bathrooms open broadly to private landscaped courtyards and verandahs are grand, with daybeds. The bungalows are designed for deep shade and cross ventilation. The pool includes a raw steel ‘escarpment’ backdrop and retractable reed shades.  The bungalows complement other levels and types of accommodation types on site, including ‘love tents’ and ‘6-packs’.
       
     
  Back to Gallery   BORDER STORE, KAKADU, NT   the Bush or not-so-Bush Portable Bathroom   With no site too hard to reach, even on the edge of Arnhem Land in this case, the trop_pod Portable Bathroom can be nestled into any needy locale.  It comes a range of floor plans, that can be adapted and refined to suit your needs. Current models include: bathrooms with and without baths, access bathrooms, and with laundry or store add-ons.  Built from products made to last, and with low environmental impact, trop_pod Portable Bathrooms will ‘age gracefully’, and with enduring character  They come complete with bespoke furnishings that include fretwork ceilings, single skin raw steel plate doors, fine joinery and custom light fittings… In fact right down to bespoke paper holders and towel ‘trees’. Why shouldn’t the Bush (or not-so-Bush) get ‘design’!
       
     
  Back to Gallery   ROBE, SA  On a coastal rural property in SA’s South East, 3 quite separate pods strew along a vegetated dune site to yield living and bedroom pavilions and a ‘lookout’ bedroom. They afford guest accommodation alongside an existing dwelling, and capture the informality of a beach holiday, surrounded by space and nature.  Each pod is carefully planned and founded to fit with site levels and to orient for solar control and views, and to establish privacy between each.
       
     
  Back to Gallery   INJALAK, GUNBALANYA, NT  Injalak Arts Centre is located in the small community of Gunbalanya in West Arnhem Land. It is a fully-Indigenous owned and operated arts centre that plays multiple roles within the community, from generating livelihoods for local people, and enabling Government programs, to being a social hub.  The Centre has recently added two trop_pod accommodation units, dubbed ‘Love Shacks’, with ensuite bathrooms, have been constructed with real, robust and bespoke detailing and material, They were shipped to site as flat packed portables, and erectedwith help from the local community.  Perched up the in the tree tops (when he landscape arrives), the bedrooms open up to the sounds and views of the surrounding wetlands though full height operable walls and shutters. Downstairs open living sits within a screened veranda of tough perforated mini-orb. Awnings (which shutter down for the Wet) and the eventual functional landscape setting will complete demands for shelter, shade and privacy.
       
     
  Back to Gallery     LARAPINTA, NT  This project is a series of temporary camp structures to add amenity to high-end walking tours along the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia’s West MacDonnell National Park.  The camp is devised as a grouping of sleeping platforms, composting toilets and ‘bush showers’. These elements will link to a ‘tented pavilion’ with a container fitted out to yield a camp kitchen and stores.  Not a bad spot to return to after a day’s walk, to relax and (believe it or not) fine dine. The facility is supported by rainwater collection, and solar hot water and power.  The site’s design and operational parameters are devised through dialogue.
       
     
  Back to Gallery   PARKLET  The FOODS FOR LIFE Parklet is a removable/ recyclable installation that brings green and human-scaled relief to a hard street environment, here in Gawler Place, the City’s second busiest pedestrian thoroughfare.  If the need arises it can be removed in a matter of hours and re-deployed to another location.  Fabricated from steel and timber, it can be recycled.  For now though, in this current life, natural finishes reflect the focus of the health food shop; and pre-existing internal color-branding is drawn outside on tabletops.  It's planted edges not only bring a small pocket of greenery to the street, but it's deciduous elm sits proudly as a symbol of the seasons in an environment overwhelmingly of things man-made.  Not only was this a pilot project for ACC, but that OUR clients had just taken on the business and were still finding their feet. ...But already it is finding itself to be a niche destination for the downtown Community and has proven a financial success for the owners.  The Parklet has become an exclamation mark along Gawler Place, an installation that stops people, allowing them to notice and enter a shopfront that often they previously walked past.