A hut that is literally built on rails, allowing it to be moved around like a sled.
Architects Crosson Clarke Carnachan’s Hut is no ordinary beach house. The vacation home away from home has the unique feature of being able to be moved around the beachfront.
To do this, designers built it on rails and installed provisions for towing by a tractor or other capable vehicles.
Carnachan’s little beauty measures only 40 square meters and has an industrial style that nicely compliments the reclaimed wood aesthetic.
Despite its small dimensions, it’s a fairly sophisticated design that offers plenty of space for a family of five. A large shutter on one side can be opened to double as a large awning over the two-story glass wall, which itself can be opened to let in the ocean breeze.
More shutters lift up to uncover windows on each side of the house, while the roof serves as a roof terrace and rainwater can be captured for the gravity tanks.
Inside, a common area consisting of a kitchen and living space make up the first floor, and climbing a wall-mounted ladder and passing through a closable hatch leads to a mezzanine bedroom.
Crosson Clarke Carnachan’s Hut on sleds was developed to satisfy a planning condition in New Zealand’s Whangapoua coastline that requires all buildings in the coastal erosion zone to be removable because of the shore’s constantly changing status.
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