Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke
Carnachan Architects

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Wooden shutters fold, tilt and slide open to let in the sun and keep out the burglars at this weekend cabin in New Zealand by architects Crosson Clarke Carnachan (+ slideshow).

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Located on the northern tip of North Island, the single-storey house has an entirely wooden structure with a black-stained facade.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Rooms are arranged either side of a corridor that spans the house, with bedrooms at the back where they face the ocean.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

The open-plan kitchen and living room is located at the front and opens onto a barbeque deck that can also be screened behind folding shutters.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Other houses that can be closed up like bunkers include a residence with a steel drawbridge-like hatch and a house that transforms into a fortress by night.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

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Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Photography is by Simon Devitt.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Here's some extra text from the architects:


Tutukaka House

Architect: Ken Crosson, Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Auckland

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Designed as a refuge from the frenetic city lives of the owners, the Tutukaka House provides relaxed holiday living.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

The plan is organised around a central spine, with spaces orientated to specific views.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

The open plan living area flows seamlessly onto a generous northern open deck to the view, and an alternative sheltered space with bbq and outdoor fireplace, to the north-west.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

The bedrooms are in contrast more protected, with shutters that lift up to provide protection from summer sun, maintaining cooler temperatures.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Materials are primarily timber, with stained shiplap cladding and plywood linings.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Exposed structure is saligna, and flooring is kwila.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

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Translucent elements are used in parts of the roof and cladding, introducing a delicate light quality to the circulation space and outdoor fire area.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

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The house closes down with the use of sliding panels and hinged shutters, ensuring security is maintained when not in use.

Tutukaka House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

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  • xtiaan

    I’m from NZ and this was completed around 2006/7 from memory. Surely we aren’t so far away it’s taken 5 years for news of its existence to reach the interwebs?!

  • alec

    What was the cost of the house build?

  • enco58

    How much was the actual build cost for the Tutukaka house?