Sometimes, the best way to realize a dream is to think outside the box. The Morrisons had long imagined building a beautiful summer home on their plot of land in the coastal town of Onemana, New Zealand. The only problem was finding the funds to embark on such a huge project—until a long-time friend and builder gave them some unconventional advice. His suggestion? Collaborate with architecture students.
Fast forward 12 months and, with help from students at Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology, the Morrisons made their dream of a summer home a reality. The students turned their campus into a prefab manufacturing hub, building the home there before moving to the site. The home is a compact 807 square feet and the design is tailored to their laid-back surfer style. The outdoor spaces take advantage of the idyllic location, including an outdoor shower for rinsing off after a day at the beach.
Photos: Simon Devitt