Beach shacks – all salt crusted and naturally distressed – the architectural charm of the original beachside icon is hard to replicate. A shack’s organically evolving design and found materials make each utterly unique; part whimsical, part practical.
We’ve always been drawn to the hand built quality of beach shacks, be it a white-bleached wood hut ageing gracefully in the summer sun or a rusted metal clad fishing outpost, its protective found sheet metal buffeted by the stinging winter winds.
As modern homes and contemporary architecture increasingly dominates the world’s coastlines, the humble seaside abode, often but a single room, is being extinguished.
Beach shacks are not celebrated enthusiastically for their cultural value and mark on history. While some consider these homes quaint, we believe they are important pieces of heritage architecture for coastal towns. From the defiant fishing shacks of Northern Californian or Montauk, which brace themselves against freezing storms year and year out, to the sun-filled holiday homes of 1950s Australia these beach shacks have withstood the challenges of time and nature, occupying our cultural consciousness and shaping our childhood holiday memories.
Made Journal’s founding editor, the journalist and photographer, Sandra Tinari, was stop dead in her tracks when she stumbled across these make shift homes in the tidal flats of a southern Portuguese fishing village. With a love for seeking out rough-hued and down on its luck architecture to photograph it was a rare opportunity. Not far from Faro in the Algarve, these faded and yet stoic collection of buildings had long been abandoned but held memories of their past…a pair of torn denim jeans, emptied tins of food and a bed.
Each day Portugal’s strong tides cut off the beach shacks from the main land, their isolation within the tidal flats perhaps their protection against development. Their isolation, providing the perfect location for a quiet escape, reading, fishing and taking in the sea air.
Accessible by only boat, canoe or paddle board for hours each day, Sandra visited the ramshackle ‘village’ just as the tide had turned, photographing them in the summer morning light to create captured moments of our beach heritage before time, development or the ocean sweeps them away.
All photography Sandra Tinari