The Hut on Sleds

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CROSSON ARCHITECTS

L1, 15 Bath Street, Parnell, Parnell,
Auckland, NZ

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On the shore of an idyllic white sanded beach in New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula rests an elegant hut. Closed up, the rough macrocarpa-cladding blends into the landscape and perches quietly on the dunes, as passersby wonder how it could possibly function for a family of five.

Designed to close up against the elements, the hut measures a mere 40 square metres and rests on two thick wooden sleds that allow it to be shifted around the beach front section. This innovative portability is a response to the ever changing landscape that line the beachfront in this coastal erosion zone.

Within the hut, the ingenuity reveals itself further as no nook or cranny is overlooked. Every available space has been utilised, right down to the secret individual cubby holes hidden in the children's bunk room.

For these clients it was all about the real essence of the hut; small, simple and functional. The hut comes to life when the enormous shutter on the northeast facade winches open to form an awning, revealing two-storey high steel-framed glass doors that form the main entrance. The hut then transforms into a sun drenched haven, opening up to the views of the surf and the distant Mercury Islands.

The mezzanine bedroom is accessed by climbing a wall-mounted ladder through a closeable hatch, it shares the same view as downstairs through the huge glass doors. Climb the ladder again and you arrive on a roof terrace which catches rainwater for the gravity tanks behind.

From the industrial style fittings to the quirky furnishings, this whole structure plays with the idea of the most egalitarian of Kiwi recreations and embraces and challenges the image of the traditional Kiwi bach. Small, simply and elegantly self-contained, this tiny elegant hut strips holiday living right back to basics.

 

Photography by Jackie Meiring & Simon Devitt

Awards

2012 NZIA New Zealand Award
2012 NZIA award for architecture
2012 NZ Wood Timber Design Award Winner Exterior Innovation
2012 Home & Entertaining Home of the Year Finalist
2012 Architectural Review (London) House of the Year Commendation

Awards

2012 World Architecture Festival (Singapore) House of the Year Shortlisted
2012 Korean Institute of Architects Top 100 International Architects Award
2012 Urbis (Australasia) Best Bathrooms
2012 WAN Awards Residential Interiors Shortlisted

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