Pared-Bach Perfection

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When you’re in holiday mode, sometimes the best idea is living that’s stripped back to the bare necessities. That’s what this retreat overlooking the picturesque Pakiri coastline is all about. The Box™ Modern design is strung out on a rectangular footprint that follows the ridgeline. It’s humble structure and modest materiality allows for moments of pure magic.

That’s immediately evident in the view which is cleverly framed by the covered deck that links the separate pods of the home. One pod contains the living, dining, kitchen and master bedroom. Across the breezeway is a separate guest wing where two bedrooms share another bathroom.

A tapestry of paddocks slopes away to the horizon where the Hen and Chickens islands poke through the ocean.

The central deck has a mono-pitch roof that slopes in the opposite direction to the adjoining pods. It wedges itself into the scheme to break up the rectilinear shape. On one side, it can be closed off with glass sliders to provide shelter from the prevailing winds.

The simple form in a spectacular setting sports a dark Shadowclad exterior – a contemporary echo of the creosote bach. Inside, honey-toned plywood brings warmth to the spaces, while a concrete floor is pragmatic, bullet-proof. The kitchen is a crafted jewel-box where randomly placed routed slots act as handles on the cabinetry. An irregular line of battens provides privacy to the guest rooms.