Neeson Murcutt Architects

Larapinta Campsites

2014 AIA Architecture Award
2014 AIA NT Chapter Award

Two campsites along the Larapinta trail have been developed with World Expeditions to provide shelter and comfort to their trekking groups through a series of minimal impact structures. The carefully managed sites are located within indigenous owned National Park, west of Alice Springs. A sympathetic partnership between campsite and landscape maintains respect for country and a total environment experience. Each campsite comprises a communal tent, an ablutions tent, and two shower tents. Sleeping is in swags, under the stars or in off-the-shelf tents. Unoccupied throughout the hot summer, the camp is ‘packed down’ and remains as a series of enigmatic relics in the landscape. The ‘Y’ shaped communal tent is designed to embrace the campfire. One arm for dining, the other a lounge, with a kitchen at the tail. It has a raised hardwood platform to escape the dust and a dust-coloured orange stretch fabric canopy for shelter.

Featured in:
Indian Architect & Builder vol.28 no.8
Australian National Architecture Awards 2014 ed. Andreas Eggert
2014 NT Architecture Awards
Qantas Issue 244
Landscape Architecture Australia Issue 139