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Wednesday
May162012

House at the beach

I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that New Zealanders build the best beach houses. This is a big concession coming from an Australian. We pride ourselves on understanding the beach culture and our architects are some of the world's best but it just seems that the Kiwi's just do it better with the bach. For those of you who don't know bach is the kiwi for beach house. But it means more than just the building. It's the memories. It's the summer days and the salt spray and the barbeques and the fun. It's about summer rituals and roughing it and making do and fishing and wet swimsuits and sandy towels. Even when it's a luxury bach. It's stunning but it is still not overly precious. After all it really is about the sand and sea and the view and those long days with family and friends. A series of connected pavilions on a dramatic site at Kuaotunu by Auckland based architects Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan.

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Reader Comments (11)

As soon as I saw that first photo, I knew it was NZ (as a NZ'er myself). Funny how you can tell by just a bach, a piece of grass, and sea. It is a spectacular bach! xxx

16 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVic @ Cush & Nooks

This is SO beautiful!

16 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudith

Just left returned to Europe from NZ. I knew from the decking that the house (bach) had to be in NZ. They have a love with that weathered look from Kwila wood.

16 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRosi

Oh my! What an amazing, beautiful Bach! Yes, the kiwis certainly have a great style when it comes to beach houses. We stayed in one a few years ago for a holiday on the north Island & it was truely breathtaking!

16 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

beautiful! a house on the beach... an endless inspiration

16 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDesign Elements

A clasic outside and a modern and cool inside. And greats views!

16 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLa Urbana

Oh my, that is super gorgeous!

16 May 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrooth

I had seen this house in Wiaheke when I was visiting, have magazine with article - I think I will have it live in it now

16 May 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Omg! That is (to me) the ultimate dream home. It is perfection.
I almost cried looking at the pictures, it moves me that much!!!

16 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLora

So deliciously open to the elements - is bach a Maori word? In welsh it is a suffix of endearment, and it is only an 'e' away from beach... has set me dreaming...

16 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

Oh my God, that is a beautiful house. The roll away walls create an unreal feeling. Excellent photography as well!

17 May 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolden

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