These two small vacation houses in New Zealand give a new meaning to beach houses. They are completely off the grid and float on their own in a picturesque landscape. Cheshire Architects, in a theoretical tone, looked to redefine the vision of a cabin on the coast and how simple and efficient it can be.
The cabins are all wood, clad mostly in plywood. The exterior wood has a burnt or charred surface giving the appearance of a rustic and timeworn material, yet the abstract form and open spaces speak to Modernism.
The process of charring or burning wood yields, paradoxically, a more fire resistant and insect resistant material. The process originated in Japan in the 1700’s but has become vogue again due to its eco-friendly and completely natural process, using no harsh chemicals or pressure-treating processes.