Reminiscent of surf shacks or beach observation towers, the Whanapoua sled house features elementary building materials put together in a really sleek design. This is a two-storey project complete with dining, kitchen, living and bathroom space along with two bedrooms. One room holds three-tiered bunk beds for the children, while the mezzanine room overlooking the water is reached by a simple ladder. And when the family isn’t using the hut, everything boards up and blends in among the dunes.
The ultimate solution to homes that are vulnerable to rising seas, the 40 square meter home is perched on two thick wooden sleds that allows its owners to move it as required by local planning regulations. A worm tank system treats the family’s waste while two tanks hold grey water that can be recycled. One of the shutters doubles as an awning that protects against the harsh summer sun while also allowing winter sun to permeate the interior, and a small wood-fired stove keeps the tiny space nice and warm.
photography by Jackie Meiring