An unorthodox ‘hut on sleds’ is for sale in New Zealand

The portable coastal home is built on wooden runners

This award-winning New Zealand coastal cabin has been built on wooden runners, limiting impact on its natural environment while enabling it to be easily towed away.

New Zealand practice Crosson Clarke Carnachan designed and built the Hut on Sleds home in 2014 with a sustainable approach to seaside living, winning an Architizer A+ Award in the best small house category the same year. Now it is on sale via an auction in Auckland on April 28 (unless sold prior) for the first time.

The portable Whangapoua waterfront property has the simple form of a fishing hut. Hatches allow it to be opened and closed to the elements on the North Island’s scenic Coromandel Peninsula. It has a five-metre front timber hatch that winches up via a turning wheel to reveal a double-height glass wall with steel framing.

Inside, the beach house has a modern wood-lined interior with expansive beach, sea and sky views from its open-plan living room and fitted kitchen, a triple bunk room and a mezzanine master bedroom. There is also a trapdoor-accessed observation platform with Great Barrier Island views.

This award-winning New Zealand coastal cabin has been built on wooden runners, limiting impact on its natural environment while enabling it to be easily towed away
Photography: Bayleys
This award-winning New Zealand coastal cabin has been built on wooden runners, limiting impact on its natural environment while enabling it to be easily towed away
Photography: Bayleys
This award-winning New Zealand coastal cabin has been built on wooden runners, limiting impact on its natural environment while enabling it to be easily towed away
Photography: Bayleys
This award-winning New Zealand coastal cabin has been built on wooden runners, limiting impact on its natural environment while enabling it to be easily towed away
Photography: Bayleys
Photography: Bayleys

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