Fragmented lines and asymmetric forms

This three-level coastal home achieves an intimate bach-like feel – the design is inspired by surrounding topography and the narrow nature of the property 

Designed by Michael Cooper Architects

From the architect:

Our owners' brief asked for an escape from city life – they wanted a home that allows family and friends to retreat to individual spaces as well as to gather to celebrate the idea of the Kiwi bach. 

The home is composed with the guest bedrooms and lounge inhabiting the ground floor, which is nestled safely behind the beachfront sand dune to one side and the plunge pool off the internal boardwalk to the other. 

The master suite then occupies the second floor, enabling the first floor to become the space where the family and friends can reunite and spend quality time together. 

Every attempt was made to restrain the scale of the spaces to retain a bach-like feel, while having a home that is spread over three levels.

The design was derived from the natural characteristics of the surrounding topography along with the narrow nature of the beachfront property which formed an architectural typology of fragmented lines and asymmetric forms. 

Through this form, the design offers pockets of framed views to the coastline from multiple spaces while also allowing natural light to easily penetrate the building's skin, filling the interior spaces of the building. 

The design sought to blur the thresholds between indoor and outdoor spaces by bringing both the building's angular geometry and cedar materiality through to the inside. 

It wasn’t until this language was achieved through both form and materiality that glazing and doors were integrated. 

Given the narrow site and close proximity of neighbours, cedar screens were introduced to the glazing along the north-western face – providing privacy and a dappled light feature.

To further enhance the relationship between the architecture and its natural environment, a largely natural material pallet was selected to complement the coastal environment. 

The cedar-clad form nestles into the sand dunes in both colour and texture while concrete pavers, polished concrete floors, and hardwood decking bring natural undertones into the house. 

Tying this together, the glazing elements frame both the natural and built outdoor spaces while also allowing the sun to enter the building, warming the concrete elements and radiating the warmth of the internal cedar walls and ceiling linings.

The kitchen has been situated in the centre of the first floor to form the heart of the home with the kitchen island echoing the angled nature of the exterior form.  

The first-floor level has been positioned in line with the top of the sand dunes, allowing for uninterrupted views of the ocean and down the coast to Mt. Maunganui.

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Credit list

Kitchen designer, interior designer, pool designer
Michael Cooper Architects
Herman Pacific Vertical Shiplap Cedar Weatherboards; Colorsteel Maxx Standing Seam 365 Profiled Metal in Flaxpod Matte; Off the Boards in-situ concrete
Window/door joinery
APL Vantage
Bedroom flooring
Cavalier Bremworth Lifetstyle Collection, Levante colour – Felucca
Miss Lolo Metropolis Marcasite
Curb 90, from The Living Flame
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended
Builder/pool installation
Framed Builders
Kitchen manufacturer
FD Kitchens
Colorsteel Maxx, Standing Seam, 365 profiled metal, from Roofing Industries
Main flooring
Hermpac SuperSolid Engineered Oak, colour Concrete
Bathroom tiles
Tile Depot
Resene Double Black white
Feature lighting

Designed by: Michael Cooper Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Sam Odey

16 Apr, 2023

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