Greetings from New Zealand! 🙂
Conceived as a container sitting lightly on the land, this long rectangular house sits halfway up a north-facing manuka-clad hill north of Whitianga, looking like a timber crate ready to be unpacked. On arrival all that is required is to winch down the sides to form the decks and provide a stage for living, which then appears to float above the ground as if ready to be folded up and moved to another location. On departure the crate is packed up again for protection from the elements.
The house offers a reinterpretation of the New Zealand building tradition – the crafting of wood – with structure, cladding (weathered Lawson’s cypress) and joinery expressed in a raw and unique way. With heavy vertical structural members supporting horizontal boarding, the construction is reminiscent of the “trip” dams common in the Coromandel region at the turn of last century. The thick cypress boards are left unlined inside; interior walls are hoop pine plywood; ceiling panels are also of hoop pine.
The central living room, open to the outside and the sun, is a metaphorical tent or campsite, while the children’s bunkrooms at one end are enclosed and cool. Bi-fold glass doors can be drawn back so the living room becomes a veranda providing shade. A large fireplace allows winter occupation; the open bathroom with slatted timber floor and the movable bath on wheels allow the rituals of showering and bathing to become an experience connected to nature. In this way the bach attempts to capture the essential spirit of the New Zealand holiday in the landscape.
Built to point towards the ocean, this open plan New Zealand vacation home designed by Ken Crosson is a dream come true. Created from containers, the efficient yet sophisticated home makes the best use of its space and offers lots of natural light, surprise storage spots, and earth-toned decor and details.
You’ll notice the visually striking hand-stained cabinets in the kitchen, American oak floors throughout the home, and indoor shutters that add texture to the home. With an inspiring view and breezy living area, this home brings the ocean right to your door. Step out onto the living room and open up the swinging doors so you can while away the day in this hanging chair as you watch the sea drift by and the clouds change.
The very definition of inviting, this living room with its cozy fireplace and open living room appeals to all of your senses. Warm wooden interiors (made with natural timber) combine with neutral furniture and simple furnishings to create an absolutely beautiful and relaxing room. The kitchen, bursting with sunlight, combines the dining area with the cooking space to give you one fantastic room that seats 8 guests. Custom cabinets provide plenty of space.
The home offers two beautiful bedrooms, and this wooden paneled room with glass slats is no exception. Lots of windows offer glimpses of sunlight, and built in shelves hold books and decorative items above a built-in desk space. The breezy bathroom has a rainfall shower head so you can enjoy a shower that feels natural and invigorating. What better way is there to wake up in the morning? Concealed glass panels keep things private.
So what do you think? Would you live here? 🙂
Photo Source: Crosson