Whangapoua Bach

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Whangapoua Bach

By Architectus Auckland with Keith Carver

This holiday retreat — or “bach” to use the New Zealand term — was sited in the hills of the Coromandel Peninsula on a 35 acre site overlooking the ocean.

Steep conditions and the heavily wooded native bush reduced accessibility to all but one acre. A responsive design was drawn up for a two-bedroom home with separate quarters to accommodate three guests. Construction drew on a limited palette of natural materials to blend with the surrounding environment.

Location: Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Status: Completed 2004