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Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan

  • 01:00 - 6 May, 2012
Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan
Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan, © Jackie Meiring
© Jackie Meiring

© Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring +19

  • Location

    Coromandel, New Zealand
  • Engineering

    CMR Engineers Ltd
  • Contractor

    D.F. Wight Builders Ltd
  • Area

    48.8 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. On the shore of an idyllic white sandy beach on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula rests an elegant hut. The site lies within the coastal erosion zone, where all building must be removable. This is taken literally and the hut is designed on two thick wooden sleds for movement back up the site or across the beach and onto a barge.

© Jackie Meiring
© Jackie Meiring

The hut is a series of simple design moves. The aesthetic is natural and reminiscent of a beach artifact/perhaps a surf-life-saving or observation tower.The fittings and mechanics are industrial and obvious, the structure is gutsy and exposed.

© Jackie Meiring
© Jackie Meiring

The holiday retreat is designed to close up against the elements when not in use, and measures a mere 40 square meters. It accommodates a family of five in a kitchen/dining/living area, a bathroom and two sleeping zones, the children's accommodating a three tiered bunk. Closed up, the rough macrocarpa cladding blends into the landscape and perches unobtrusively on the dunes. The rear being clad in "flat sheet" a cheap building material found in many traditional New Zealand holiday homes.

© Jackie Meiring
© Jackie Meiring

These clients sought to explore the real essence of holiday living; small, simple, functional. The normal rituals of daily life; cooking dining, sleeping and showering all being done connected to the outside. The two storey shutter on the front facade winches open to form an awning, shading the interior from summer sun while allowing winter sun to enter. It reveals a double height steel framed glass doors that open the interior much like the tent flap, connecting the living and the ladder accessed mezzanine bedroom to the extraordinary view.

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Within, the interior is the epitome of efficiency, every available space is utilised from cabinetry toe spaces to secret cubby holes within the children's bunks. The hut is totally sustainable from its modest size to the use of timber in its cladding, structure, lining and joinery and from its worm tank waste system to the separate potable grey water tanks. This is a new way of looking at holiday living in this sensitive dune environment.

© Jackie Meiring
© Jackie Meiring
Cite: "Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan" 06 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/231805/whangapoua-crosson-clarke-carnachan/>
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48 Comments

Maikerun · November 21, 2014

What a wonderful simple little place. It must clear your head just by living there.

Hangar.pt · April 18, 2014

Beautiful and very inspiring! Only one thing we do not like: the climbing needed to the upper floors!!

anna piramide · December 30, 2013

recluse! wonderful and refreshing retreat home for a short staycation!

David Hoover, NCARB · September 03, 2012

This is a near little beach hut in New Zealand.
http://t.co/c87Kjc78 http://t.co/yRCJZo3j

IN STUDIO arq. · August 31, 2012

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Luke Snedden · July 12, 2012

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Maik El · July 06, 2012

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shelter · July 06, 2012

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Genevieve Matherly · July 06, 2012

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Ross O'Brien · May 20, 2012

Would love this as my holiday home by the beach!! #redstrand http://t.co/X14yarLi @archdaily

o0 · May 11, 2012

Architecture: Whangapoua Sled House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan [Pictures] - http://t.co/V01xs1aU (via @ArchDaily) #design #architecture

Ben Newton · May 09, 2012

amazeballs. i want one of these in the backyard, at the beach and wherever else i want to stay for a while.
http://t.co/IGQUBc3M

concrete blonde · May 09, 2012

on the shore of an idyllic white sandy beach on #newzealands coromandel peninsula rests an elegant hut http://t.co/c08DqNab #architecture

meublezvousdurable · May 09, 2012

Une maison cabane en Nouvelle Zélande http://t.co/DW0DCmpU

life in wonderland · May 09, 2012

“@ArchDaily: http://t.co/fevV9PVM When I move to New Zealand, this will be my summer and winter home: http://t.co/y07X48dE #whangapoua

Strang Architecture · May 09, 2012

stylish house in New Zealand http://t.co/C9zUTEpf

Aston Roberts · May 09, 2012

http://t.co/OkYOUCrD When I move to New Zealand, this will be my summer home: http://t.co/UUdiehm9 My winter home: http://t.co/0566YMAO

Arquitectura · May 09, 2012

http://t.co/1GUW6bMS When I move to New Zealand, this will be my summer home: http://t.co/SAvLDWPQ My winter home: http://t.co/n9max6nH

ça?la soysal · May 09, 2012

http://t.co/OkYOUCrD When I move to New Zealand, this will be my summer home: http://t.co/UUdiehm9 My winter home: http://t.co/0566YMAO

B Uzun · May 09, 2012

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Harijs Kovalevskis · May 09, 2012

http://t.co/NWO6paby Labs veids k? aizejot atst?t m?ju droš?b? ar nosl?gtiem logiem.

peter hodgson · May 08, 2012

Sustainable holiday hut that&#39s transportable - http://t.co/yWgPeRr4 - beach driftwood aesthetic blends with the dunes :0)

Susie · May 08, 2012

Sustainable holiday hut that&#39s transportable - http://t.co/yWgPeRr4 - beach driftwood aesthetic blends with the dunes :0)

Mareks Galinovskis · May 08, 2012

Ki??ga br?vdienu un atva?in?juma s?rkoci?kaste http://t.co/X4bfmtzI via @archdaily

Juan Camilo · May 08, 2012

RT @ArchDaily En la orilla de una idílica playa de Nueva Zelanda se apoya esta elegante cabaña. http://t.co/usRNd0gx http://t.co/5qRuBvwZ

M?ris Ra?ko · May 08, 2012

http://t.co/NWO6paby Labs veids k? aizejot atst?t m?ju droš?b? ar nosl?gtiem logiem.

Rudolfs Borhards · May 08, 2012

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arnis kierpe · May 08, 2012

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Pauls Timrots · May 08, 2012

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Jeremy Martin · May 08, 2012

Ditto. RT“@ArchDaily: When can I move to New Zealand? Future winter house: http://t.co/CTjc1Rw2 Future summer house: http://t.co/quNYHgh6”

Lao Y · May 08, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: When can I move to New Zealand? winter house: http://t.co/RCoXdJgX http://t.co/1s5aaQbF summer house: http://t.co/EdV0hNu9

Ghirardon Group · May 08, 2012

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Arquitectura · May 08, 2012

When can I move to New Zealand? Future winter house: http://t.co/n9max6nH http://t.co/o1HJTPH1 Future summer house: http://t.co/1GUW6bMS

Evan · May 07, 2012

Nice place, but this is basically a copy of the beach house on the cover of Sean Godsell's monograph (built in nearby Australia).

Frosty · May 08, 2012 01:54 AM

Ah come on! It's not even close - yes both are timber boxes, built on sand dunes. Comparison pretty much stops there. Different scale, different texture, different relationship / connection with site.
It seems to be far too easy for people to say 'this is basically a copy' these days. Totally legitimate to point out similarities, but to imply it is a rip off is rough.

Susana Saraiva · May 07, 2012

What a beautiful piece. This must be the best shed ever! I would live here for the rest of my days. I love when architecture seems simple and easy while actually complex and intricate...

Krystyna · May 07, 2012

There seem to be alot of "container" houses in NZ is this taking IKEA to the next level?

Erik Buijs · May 07, 2012

tipt: Mooie woonhut... http://t.co/sHLfHEHr

Suzanne Mavoa · May 07, 2012

And a nice little Coromandel bach -ArchDaily http://t.co/pm9lhmIs

Lao Y · May 07, 2012

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Rene · May 07, 2012

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Nicholas Patten · May 07, 2012

Whangapoua. http://t.co/CKN6gNZE

HOME New Zealand mag · May 07, 2012

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Juan Carlos Cornejo · May 07, 2012

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Günther · May 07, 2012

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BXLDesign Architects · May 07, 2012

Would make a great week-ender somewhere up Mt Tamborine :) This holiday retreat is designed to close up against... http://t.co/TBWgC9x8

Sam Haagenson · May 07, 2012

awesome beach house. RT @ArchDaily: Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan http://t.co/Q7ozikGQ #architecture

Farshis Mehmet · May 07, 2012

This is a splendid project, another example of an exciting use of scale and program. A very versatile design highlighting it's immediate context and working with the environment. The materials used compliment the inherent strategy of the design. Lovely!

Tom Peeters · May 06, 2012

great example of an interesting small dwelling space. I love the way how the walls also function as shelves. the wooden shutters are nice and the watertap makes me jealouse

sam · May 07, 2012 07:09 AM

I'm JEALOUSE too!

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