timber hut on sleds by crosson clarke carnachan architects

timber hut on sleds by crosson clarke carnachan architects


timber hut on sleds by crosson clarke carnachan architects
photos by jackie meiring and simon devitt
all images courtesy of crosson clarke carnachan architects

 

 

 

positioned on the shore of one of new zealand’s many idyllic beaches, ‘hut on sleds’ by crosson clarke carnachan architects provides for a family of five, despite measuring only 40 square meters. the brief from the clients called for a simple, small and functional design that embodied the true essence of a hut. perched on the shore’s dunes, the timber clad structure exists in harmony with its surroundings, blending into the landscape. resting on two thick wooden sleds that allow the structure to be readily relocated, the design responds to the ever-changing nature of the it’s environment, guarding against coastal erosion.

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the hut provides for a family of five, despite measuring only 40 square meters

 

 

 

internally, each aspect of the scheme has been considered in order to maximize available space. a large shutter on the northeastern façade opens to form an awning, revealing two-storey high steel-framed glass doors that form the main entrance. the hut then transforms again, opening up to the views of the surf and the distant mercury islands. sharing the same view as the downstairs, a mezzanine bedroom is accessed by climbing a wall-mounted ladder through a closable hatch. above, a roof terrace catches rainwater for the gravity tanks below. simultaneously embracing and challenging the traditional image of a new zealand beach house, ‘hut on sleds’ simply and elegantly redefines temporary holiday accommodation.

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the flexibility of the structure allows it to be readily transformed

crosson clarke carnachan architects hut on sleds designboom
the dwelling opens up to views of the surf and the distant mercury islands

crosson clarke carnachan architects hut on sleds designboom
internally, each aspect of the scheme has been considered in order to maximize available space

crosson clarke carnachan architects hut on sleds designboom
shower and washroom facilities

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the use of warm timbers is continued inside the property

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the structure rests on two thick wooden sleds that allow it to be readily relocated

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‘hut on sleds’ glowing gently on the beachfront at night 

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