Reminiscing of childhood summers spent camping and gathering around the campsite, this family dreamt of building a new bach which would capture these memories of long summer holidays, connections and stories.

Wanting to retain the current house site, the original summer cottage was relocated next door to make room for the new.


With the family’s brief in mind, two pavilions were created – living and sleeping – and constructed from concrete, steel and glass, with large sliding doors opening the spaces onto the grassed lawn and rugged coast beyond.


The bedrooms open up onto a sunken communal space with fireplace – bringing you back to the feeling of gathering around a campsite, inviting relaxation, nourishment and the feeling of comfort and protection. The sleeping pavilion is adaptable with large red sliding doors, to allow occupants to experience the campsite, or close themselves off for restful privacy.


Drawing on the environment for materials selection and form, you can see Aotearoa the Land of the Long White Cloud reflected in the horizontal roof forms, held up by the red tent poles. Polished concrete aggregates provide texture and patterning, with natural timbers salvaged from the seashore, and bursts of red from the New Zealand native Pohutukawa Tree – a client favourite.


Originally briefed as a weekend retreat, the energy and long summer holiday memories have enticed the owners to move in permanently.


Accompanying the Matakana Bach is the Boat House and Guest House.

The Boat House provides all the practical spaces that a boat house requires, whilst continuing on the campsite theme from the main house.


The Guest House sits in front of the boat house, soaking in the sunshine and stunning sea views with both the living and bedroom opening up onto the lawn. The polished concrete floors and Pohutukawa red features spill over from the main house for guests to enjoy.

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Sustainability, lifestyle and the creation of enduring investment value is core to our design philosophy.

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