The house was conceived as a container sitting lightly on the land; a reinterpretation of the New Zealand building tradition - the crafting of wood - with structure, cladding, lining and joinery expressed in a raw and unique way.
The construction is reminiscent of the “trip” or “rafter” dams common in the Coromandel region at the turn of last century. Heavy vertical structural members supporting horizontal boarding.
A simple mechanism to the deck allows the “box” to open up on arrival - providing a stage for living - and to close down on departure - providing protection.
The living room is open to the outside and the sun, a metaphorical tent or campsite, while the bunkrooms are enclosed and cool. The large fireplace allows winter occupation and the open bathroom and movable bath allows the rituals of showering and bathing to become and experience connected to nature.
This bach is an attempt to provide an environment to capture the essential spirit of the New Zealand holiday in the New Zealand landscape.
NZIA Supreme Award 2004; NZIA Local Award 2003; NZIA New Zealand Award 2004
NZ Home & Entertaining Home of the Decade Winner 1996-2005‚ NZ Home & Entertaining Home of the Year Winner 2003‚ 2003 Origin Timber Design Award for Architectural Excellence