By Simon Griffiths
A shack could be described as the Australian version of a bach in New Zealand, a summer house in Scandinavia or a cabin in North America. But of course it’s not. A shack is distinctly Australian. A shack not only relates to the unique landscape it sits within but also reflects the personality of the creator and user, of the individual and the greater populace. Aussies love informal, and a shack is all about informal living.
60k House has the traits of a shack – infrequent living patterns, vernacular materials, simple form and modest scale and budget. A designer shack, maybe, but a shack none the less.
Shack: In Praise of an Australian Icon, celebrates both the diversity of shacks found around Australia and also the common themes that unite them. Simon Griffiths has traveled the length and breadth of Australia compiling this collection of shacks, combining photos with stories about the buildings and the people who inhabit them. This book raises the humble shack up to icon status – something that no shack aspires to be, but accepts with modesty.
Published by Penguin Books Australia