2012 NZIA Architecture Award New House, Wellington
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.