Architect Gerald Parsonson's family beach house in New Zealand serves as an update to the local architectural vernacular. Humble shacks called "baches" line the country's extensive coasts, but thanks to features like a glassed-in pavilion, Parsonson's stands out while remaining appropriately casual.
Though its interior is only 450 square feet, this Stinson Beach, California, home maximizes natural immersion thanks to its two sheltered lookouts.
This Swedish beachside getaway is a modernist surf shack that lies only ten minutes from "an excellent wave spot," says owner Henrik Lepasoon. Architect Håkan Widjedal used a great deal of glass so that Lepasoon and his family could appreciate the home's sublime location even in the winter months.
Architect Barbara Bestor designed this surf shack in Venice, California, to float above its surroundings "like a cloud." Clerestory windows carry light from the front deck into the home's interior.
When Charlie and Rebecca Fisher's Long Island bungalow began to crumble, they recruited architect Page Goolrick to refurbish the space-efficient 1,200-square-foot home. In order to plan for the future, Goolrick selected materials that "just evolve and soften over time, like driftwood."