This Modern Wooden Beach House Was Built for Its Beautiful Views

By Molly Oswaks on at

Built almost entirely from sourced timber, the Tutukaka Beach House is a stunning, modern home, located about 2 1/2 hours outside of Aukland on the northwest coast of New Zealand's Northland Island.

Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, the firm behind Tutukaka, designed the home on central east/west plan, so as to take advantage of the spectacular views and abundant natural light.

A translucent screen runs along the north-facing side of the house, filtering sunlight and showing off the gorgeous natural scenery. Stained cedar shiplap cladding and hoop pine plywood line the walls and ceilings of the home's interior; is made outside are regionally-sourced saligna and decks made of kwila.

Tutukaka's most prominent feature are the shutters that, when opened, allow sunlight to flood the spacious open floor plan. Closed, the shutters protect the house against the elements (as well as intruders) and help to regulate the temperature indoors. [Inhabitat]