You don't need a big house when your living room is the beach. This New Zealand beach cottage accomodates a family of five in only 40 square meters (431 square feet), but the home opens up to the outdoors at every opportunity, making it seem anything but small.
The entire front wall of the home is a glass door which opens up to welcome the outdoors in. The door is protected by a wooden shutter, which when raised becomes an awning to shade the front of the house. Suddenly the tiny living room becomes an extension of this gloriously wild New Zealand beach.
The house is designed to connect its occupants with the outdoors as much as possible. Even the bathroom has a sliding panel that opens up to the beach.
The other living spaces — the living room, the kitchen, the lofted master bedroom, and a bunk room for the kids — make the most of their small footprints. Shelves cover two walls of the living room, and built-in nooks behind the bunkbeds give the kids some private storage space.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this house is that the whole thing can be moved. The house is located in a coastal erosion zone, which means that any buildings built there must be removable. To comply with the regulations, the house is built on two giant wooden sleds so it can be moved back up the beach, if need be. Which means that what you're looking at, really, is the world's most glamorous mobile home. We'll take it.
To see more photos of the house (including a floor plan!), check out the project page on Arch Daily.