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Tiny Beach House on Rails

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand  –  Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

Year Built:    2011
Photography:   Jackie Meiring

Update:  Best Exterior Innovation at the 2012 NZ Timber Design Awards.

This beach front property is in a coastal erosion zone. Building approval is withheld unless the home is relocatable. The owners, architects and builders of this home took a totally unique approach to comply with the code. A house on rails!

Sitting on the beach of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, this tiny house can be towed anywhere on the site it rests or even onto a barge to be floated away if necessary.

Tiny Beach House on Rails - Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Tiny Beach House on Rails – Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

The huge front window is opened and closed using a simple winch system that provides an awning to help block the summer sun while allowing off-seasion warm air in to heat the home. Designed to close up against the elements when not in use, the footprint is just 40 square metres. But step inside and you’ll find comfortable accomodation for a family of five with a kitchen/dining/living area, a bathroom and two sleeping zones.

The home is the epitome of sustainability, from its efficient, yet modest size to the use of timber in its cladding, structure, lining and joinery down to the worm tank waste system.

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