One definition of a bach is “something you built yourself, on land you don’t own, out of materials you borrowed or stole.” Auckland architects Crosson Architects take the bach concept a step further, adding portability to the equation by anchoring the structure on two heavy wooden sleds. Located in a coastal erosion zone on the Coromandel Peninsula, where houses must be mobile, “the house is a response to the ever-changing landscape that lines the beachfront,” the architects say. To see more of the firm’s work, go to Crosson Architects. Photographs by Jackie Miering.
Above: The cabin is clad in macrocarpa wood and blends into the landscape. According to the architects, “The hut comes to life when the enormous shutter on the northeast side winches open to form an awning.”
Above: The industrial-strength winch used to crank open the shutter on the facade.
Above: Glass doors swing open to reveal the interior, which is simple and compact.
Above: The tiny sink is tucked into a corner bath.
For another favorite New Zealand bach, see Outbuilding of the Week: A Shipping Container Transformed into the Ultimate Holiday House.
Updated from a Remodelista post originally published August 27, 2012.