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Hut on Sleds, Whangapoua, New Zealand

Tuesday 27 Nov 2012

Innovative portable holiday home

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18/03/13 Matt Brindley, Eumundi
Fabulous. Should have been the winner. Simple elegant and fun!!

Award Entry

Contemporary primitive hut that encapsulates the essence of hut living 

Hut on Sleds sits on the shore of a white sandy beach in New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula, blending into the landscape. 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, 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 closable hatch and 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.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value Undisclosed(m€)
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Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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