Architecture: A Hut on Sleds

Photo: Jackie Meiring & Simon Devitt source www.ccca.co.nz Photo: Jackie Meiring & Simon Devitt source www.ccca.co.nz

We spotted this beach shack in the latest issue of Vogue Living and thought it was pretty cool.  Located on New Zealand’s North Island the ‘Hut on Sleds’ was designed by architects Crosson Clarke Carnachan and sits on just 40 square meters.

As it is located on a coastal erosion zone, all built structures must be moveable or demountable.  This explains the name ‘Hut on Sleds’, as the home is build on two wooden sleds and can be easily towed to a new location if and when necessary.

Photo: Jackie Meiring & Simon Devitt source www.ccca.co.nzPhoto: Jackie Meiring & Simon Devitt source www.ccca.co.nz

CCCA05Photo: Jackie Meiring & Simon Devitt source www.ccca.co.nz

Closed up, the house sits within the coastal landscape blending into the native grasses and sand setting.  But when open, the house unfolds and accommodates comfortably a family of 5.

CCCA04-1Photo: Jackie Meiring & Simon Devitt source www.ccca.co.nz

CCCA05-1Photo: Jackie Meiring & Simon Devitt source www.ccca.co.nz

Architect Ken Crosson, has had requests to build replicas not only for sites located in New Zealand, but around the world.  As designers, we appreciate his response:

This was designed for a specific site for a specific brief – our view is that it’s theirs, the clients.

CCCA06Photo: Jackie Meiring & Simon Devitt source www.ccca.co.nz

If you like this project, it is worth having a browse on the website of Crosson Clarke Carnachan as this is one of the many great projects they have completed.