House at the beach

Posted on Wed, 16 May 2012 by midcenturyjo

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.

Judith says:

This is SO beautiful!

Rosi says:

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.

Kylie says:

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!

beautiful! a house on the beach… an endless inspiration

La Urbana says:

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

rooth says:

Oh my, that is super gorgeous!

rachel says:

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

Lora says:

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

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…

Holden says:

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

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