Coromandel Bach House by Crosson Clarke Architects

Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

Client: Crosson Family
Location: Coromandel, New Zealand
Completion: 2002
Awards: NZIA Supreme Award 2004;
NZIA Local Award 2003; NZIA New Zealand Award 2004; NZ Home& Entertaining Home of the Decade Winner 1996-2005;
NZ Home& Entertaining Home of the Year Winner 2003;
2003 Origin Timber Design Award for Architectural Excellence

This unusual holiday home belonging to the Crosson Family, and built by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, resides in Coromandel, New Zealand; the bach was“conceived as a container sitting lightly on the land for habitation or the dream of habitation”, with the intention of the final outcome being 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.”

Sustainable, natural timber runs the length of the box-like structure, supported by sturdy struts, which makes the construction appear reminiscent of the rafter dams that were popular in this region at the turn of the last century. The boarded box opens up to reveal a simple interior layout, where the living room is free to soak up the sun and take in the tranquil location, a patch of cleared bush with an ocean view, where it takes on a campsite ambience.

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