Hut on Sleds by Crosson Architects

June 14, 2016

Retreat on the Go

Hut on Sleds by Crosson Architects

As summer approaches our thoughts drift towards the sea, with fantasies of lazy days at our own retreat on the beach.  But what if you don't want to stay at the same spot all the time?  Crosson Architects have designed a remarkable beach retreat in Whangapoua in New Zealand which not only combines great design with sound eco-credentials but can also be towed away should the owners wish to move.

The 40 square metre hut is shaped like a simple observational tower and is clad in weathered timber, which blends in well with the surrounding dunes.  When uninhabited, the shutter panel facing the sea closes up completely, protecting the hut from the elements.  When in use, the panel folds open to become a protective awning, behind which two double-height glass doors open like a book to reveal the full glory of the ocean view.

Best of all, the hut rests on sleds so that the whole structure can be towed away, an essential planning prerequisite for this erosion-prone coastal site.  This is a hut we would love to bring with us to every beach we visit.

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