Thursday, May 15, 2008


What a Posh Bach! However, I don't think this bach was built out of stolen stuff as my previous post made reference to from the Wiki paste up. This masterpiece is not to far from Kevin's Bach in Tairua in the Coromandel Pennisula.

this is all from

Coromandel Bach, Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

Coromandel Bach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. Built: 2002. Architect Ken Crosson designed and built (for himself and his family) one of the nicest beach houses I’ve ever seen…
“A wonderful, innovative work; Immense admiration and respect.”
Architect Glenn Murcutt, Judge: NZ Home of the Decade, 1996-2005

The bathtub slides out to the deck!

The house can be closed up when the family is away.

The house was conceived as a container sitting lightly on the land for habitation or the dream of habitation. The intention was to reinterpret the New Zealand building tradition - the crafting of wood - the expression of structure, cladding, lining and joinery in a raw and unique way.
The construction is reminiscent of the “trip” or “rafter” dams common in the Coromandel region at the turn of last century. Heavy vertical structural members supporting horizontal boarding.
The unadorned natural timber, a sustainable land renewable resource, provides a connection to nature and the natural.
A simple mechanism to the deck allows the “box” to open up on arrival - providing a stage for living - and to close down on departure - providing protection.
The house has a simple rectangular plan that sits across the contour in a patch of cleared bush in the manner of the rural shed, facing north and the view.
The living room is open to the outside and the sun, a metaphorical tent or campsite, while the bunkrooms are enclosed and cool. The large fireplace allows winter occupation and the open bathroom and movable bath allows the rituals of showering and bathing to become and experience connected to nature.
This bach is an attempt to provide an environment to capture the essential spirit of the New Zealand holiday in the New Zealand landscape.
Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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