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Echoing the dynamic nature of the beach itself is an award-winning modern New Zealand home built to move with tidal demands and shifting sands. Forgoing concrete construction, designers at Herriot + Melhuish used oiled cedar weatherboards, painted plywood and zinc sheeting to surround a pair of interlocking spaces. The beach home, which can be relocated if it’s beachfront spot erodes or becomes unstable, weathers year-round climate with dense insulation, heat pumps and rooftop solar panels. Double glazed glass openings capture the sun for winter heat, but allow sea breezes to cool the home in summer months. [via modresdes]