2012 NZIA Architecture Local Award - Residential Architecture - Houses
Despite contemporary demands for privacy and
individual space within an extended family,
this project maintains a faithfulness to the ethereal
concept of the bach. A collection of simple details,
and hardy and inexpensive materials, fortify the
simple building form created through clever and
efficient stacking and sliding of spaces. An immediate
and intimate relationship from building to bush is
generated by cutting the form to accommodate
established trees as well as openings to unexpected
exterior decks. Evoking the enclosed verandahs of old,
the northern sun-space buffers the building from
the prevailing winds whilst allowing considerable
versatility of use.
Photos by John Girdlestone.