In the northern coast of New Zealand, where tides continuously erode sandy beaches, there’s a small tower building that discreetly observes these natural movements. The type of program and distinctive characteristics of Hut on Sleds – such as the ability to move from place to place – turn this unique beach cabin into a marvelous inhabitable experience.
Designed for a family of five, this small hut measures a simple 40sq.m. and rests over two thick wooden sleds. A mobile structure was conceived in order to satisfy a planning condition that required that all buildings in the area should be removable.
The program is developed in a pragmatic solution: a colossal shutter folds up across the exterior to reveal and shade a two-story glazed facade, which has an open-plan living, dining, kitchen area and mezzanine bedroom behind. The mezzanine bedroom can be accessed by climbing a wall-mounted ladder through a closeable hatch. Once in the first floor, another ladder is available for stepping into a magnificent roof terrace which catches rainwater for the gravity tanks behind. Pretty awesome, don’t you think?
The entire hut looks like a wooden tower with its facades all covered in wood planks. Beside the colossal shutter positioned on the main facade, small shutters lift up to uncover windows on each side of the house. Even the roof deck is hidden behind the parapet walls. Interior surfaces are all covered in wood… There’s definitely something pure and universal about this beach hut that simply puts a smile on my face. Are you smiling too?