Bay of Islands

BAY OF ISLANDS BEACH HOUSE2013

  • Bay of Islands
  • BAY OF ISLANDS BEACH HOUSE
  • BAY OF ISLANDS BEACH HOUSE
  • Bay of Islands
  • Bay of Islands
  • Bay of Islands
  • BAY OF ISLANDS BEACH HOUSE
  • Bay of Islands
Anchored in a comfortable, commanding position over a small bay near Russell, this beach house has an integral relationship with the landscape. The client had occupied a Bach on the site for more than 20 years and had an intimate understanding and sensitivity to the bay. Part of the brief required modifications to the site to accommodate the programmatic requirements of bedrooms, parking and manoeuvring which had been previously difficult and precarious. The house has texture and rigor with positive detailing and connections of a nautical influence, emphasizing the methodology of construction. Beams are deliberately expressed and rafters are planted over v-grooved textured ceilings, as they turn down to align with wall battens and board textures similar to traditional construction of a boat. Large fireplaces provide atmosphere and warmth and a focus for public areas of occupation. Colours are subdued and become a backdrop to the site and its inherent stillness. Photographs by Sam Hartnett