Bach with view to the Sound in New Zealand

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Bach with view to the Sound in New Zealand

Weekend House in New Zealand – design by Irving Smith Architects

19 May 2016

Bach with view to the Sound

Design: Irving Smith Architects

Location: New Zealand

Bach with view to the Sound

Bach With View to the Sound

A small retreat style bach, providing holiday, forestry and rentable accommodation in a private forest high above the Pelorus Sounds. On a steep site, with waterway views to the southeast, and an ongoing subdivision to the north, the bach elongates against the contour to generate flat ground and a view to the Sound.

Bach With View to the Sound

Bach With View to the Sound

Ground areas gather access and play, and transition to exterior and interior living spaces orientating to the sounds view through a central breezeway and full width ceiling baffles. The baffles collect and articulate light to continually change and inform bach life, much like the moving waterway below. The view to the Sound remains clear, ever present, with the decking folding to a catcher deck, and the northern outlook cornered away to a snug which looks out above the subdivision to the surrounding hills.

Bach With View to the Sound

Program follows with seated and private spaces layered off each side of the breezeway providing the corners necessary for an isolated holiday where it simply may rain continually. The oversized eave provides covered verandah edges, shade and the generous weather protection suited to a bach with intermittent use.

Bach With View to the Sound

Designed and constructed to a very tight budget, cedar battened claddings and linings are selected for their ease of carpentry and maintenance on a remote site, and tinted throughout to the colour of the surrounding clay. Ceiling and baffle surfaces are uniformly finished to articulate the breezeway and movements in light, with timber joinery and battens intermittently applied to warm and soften interior spaces to the view.

Bach With View to the Sound

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New Zealand Architecture Designs – chronological list

New Zealand Houses – Selection:

Corinth St House : Daniel Marshall Architect
Corinth St House
photo © Simon Devitt
Auckland House

Herne Bay House : Stevens Lawson Architects
Herne Bay House
photo © Mark Smith
Herne Bay House

Hobson Bay House : Stevens Lawson Architects
Hobson Bay House
photo © Mark Smith
Hobson Bay House




New Zealand Architects

New Zealand Architecture – Selection

Mai Mai, Auckland
Patterson Associates Limited
Mai Mai building
picture : Patrick Reynolds

Mai Mai building

Mountain Retreat, Southern Lakes, southern New Zealand
Fearon Hay Architects
Mountain Retreat
photograph : Patrick Reynolds

Mountain Retreat

Australian Architecture Designs – chronological list

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Bach with view to the Sound Building

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