On this site I feature a lot of tiny houses which I think are beautiful, but now and again I come across one which is as unusual as it is clever. One such house is the Whangapoua designed by Crosson Architects.
The house is located at Coromandel beach. Because this area is subject to erosion, only removable structures can be built here. Crosson Architects took that idea and ran with it, coming up with a unique and unexpected solution—they put the house on two wooden sleds. That way it can be pushed inland if necessary.
You probably were wondering where all the windows were, right? The siding can be unfolded in places to reveal them or conceal them as needed. That way occupants can enjoy views of the beach when they want to, but if harsh weather comes, they can close the windows off to shield them and also protect their privacy.
When all the shutters are open, this house features plenty of windows, and unites the indoors with the outdoors, making the most of the beach surroundings.
From this angle, you can see that the house isn’t really “tiny,” though it is on the small side. It has a great deal of vertical space.
One wall can actually be opened wide.
Here’s the interior:
And the view looking down from above:
The kitchen is pretty tiny, but has a lot of storage space.
The house looks particularly breathtaking after dark. This view also does well emphasizing how open the structure is.
You can learn more about the Whangapoua on Crosson’s website. While you are there, look at the rest of the company’s portfolio; it is amazing!