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.