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Gimme Shelter

Australia’s design and construction community has come together for a cause as part of the 2011 Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge.

Gimme Shelter


January 27th, 2011

Kids Under Cover has thrown down its Cubby House Challenge for the second year, inviting members of the design and construction communities in Victoria to create custom cubbies in a bid to raise money for homeless and at risk young people in Australia.

Each of the 6 resulting designs interprets the challenge in a different and innovative way.

Ortech Industries has come up with The Malibu, a design made entirely of wheat and rice straw bricks finished with recycled Kraft paper.


The pocket-sized pad also has solar panels, recycled plastic decking and a rainwater tank.


Peter Maddison’s Milkbar design puts recycled milk crates to use, topped with a canvas rooftop awning.


The Lighthouse by Antarctica is made of polycarbonate cladding and designed to illuminate in graphic patterns in daylight and glow like a lantern by moonlight.



Nixon Tulloch Fortey’s Open House employs a simple, toy-like design that can be ‘unpacked’ and folded down to take on a number of forms and identities.



The cubbies will be displayed in a mini-village (literally!) at the 2011 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

5 cubbies will be auctioned off on Sunday 3 April, with the 6th cubby going to a lucky raffle winner.

The Cubby House Challenge aims to raise $100 000 for Kids Under Cover, a charity currently supporting more than 400 young people across Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.

Raffle tickets are available via the Kids Under Cover website, and online bidding is open for those keen to own part of this unique and worthy project.

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