Viking Summer House

Repurposed from an existing fishing shack, the Viking Summer House is a minimal beach retreat on the coast of France. Although construction regulations kept the structure's size and shape unchanged, the roof and exterior facade were upgraded to a galvanized metal. The interior consists of only the basics — a kitchen, living room, and dining area — left in an open floor plan with a lofted bedroom above. To make the most of the modest space, bathing is done seaside in the outdoor shower. Along with a couple of large sliding windows, the coastal setting can also be enjoyed on an outdoor terrace created by the rocky landscape.

Photos: Jules Couartou / Freaks Architecture

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    Photos: Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

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    Photos: Aaron Leitz / Heliotrope Architects

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