Micro-Spaces; Mobile Cabin by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

On the shore of an idyllic white sandy beach on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula rests an elegant hut. The site lies within the coastal erosion zone, where all building must be removable. This is taken literally and the hut is designed on two thick wooden sleds for movement back up the site or across the beach and onto a barge.

The hut is a series of simple design moves where functionality meets minimalistic aesthetic. The fittings and mechanics are industrial and obvious, and was designed to close up against the elements when not in use. The tall windows are constructed to minimize the need for heating; Allowing less sun exposure in the summer seasons while a maximum amount of light is let in during in the winter.


The tiny home measures in at a mere 40 square meters but is fitted to accommodate a family of five in a kitchen/dining/living area, a bathroom and two sleeping zones; the children’s accommodation is a three tiered bunk. Closed up, the rough macrocarpa cladding blends into the landscape and perches unobtrusively about the natures elements. 

Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Images © Jackie Meiring