Whangapoua Beach Hut in New Zealand
Those whip-smart New Zealanders. Not only were they smart enough to let Peter Jackson film all his Lord of the Rings movies there, they’re also wise about their beach houses. Take this elegant hut in Coromandel, New Zealand. Architects Crosson Clarke Carnachan made it fully movable, and since it lies within the coastal erosion zone, having your housing on wooden sleds makes a lot of sense. And it’s the law.
Five people can comfortably enjoy the 40 square meters of space, with a kitchen/dining/living area, bathroom and two sleeping zones ready for crashing. The shutter on the front facade opens to form an awning, providing much needed shade. The double height steel framed glass doors keep out any inquisitive seagulls, and the sustainability is there with its worm tank waste system and separate potable grey water tanks. The whole thing is kinda like if Ty Pennington gave a Baywatch lifeguard tower a dramatic makeover.