Often I prefer to peruse the porfolio of an architect rather than that of an interior designer because you can really appreciate the spaces and structure when they’re not filled to the brim with stuff. This is exactly why I fell for architect Benjamin Waechter‘s portfolio. What you see is what you get.
Resting gently on the sand dune just up from a pristine beach on New Zealand’s Coromandel beach is a hut, a simple yet not so simple beach hut. Only 40 square metres it makes the most of every bit of space to provide a beach side getaway for a family of five. It can be closed to the elements yet with the turn of a wheel and the push of glass walls it opens to the view. Oh the view! Worth it don’t you think. What makes this little self contained hut even more special is that it sits on two sleds that, with a little effort from a sturdy tractor, can make repositioning the home in response to the ever changing beachfront easy. It sits lightly upon the land this simple, clever hut. Beach side living stripped back to its elegant basics. It was time to go back and explore the portolio of Auckland based Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects again. So glad I did.
Will you indulge me with one more house by Bates Masi Architects? Just one, although there are so many in their portfolio to inspire. A smallish home that sits block like on the site but which allows the architects to play with space and voids, bight and dark, in and out. An actor’s house.
“The house became a study in architectural theatre: a series of spaces in a carefully scripted sequence that subtly reflect his professional life.”
I just had to share another amazing renovation by Bates Masi Architects. This ’60s house in Amagansett, NY is the weekend retreat of an interior designer and a DJ. Patina and history retained, a couple’s style allowed to shine through. Take a look up at the ceilings. Between the existing ceiling joists. Woven natural rope. Acoustic baffling, important to the DJ owner but also a wonderfulyl textural and a connection to vertical design elements and fittings. Such a cool weekender. I’d never want to leave to return to the city. Interiors by Rawlins Calderone Design.
A beautiful home on the banks of a wetlands pond in Southampton, New York. A perfect house for a perfect site. This ’70s kit house has been renovated by Bates Masi Architects, sympathetically respecting the original home but addressing sustainability, latest technologies and the relationship to the site and view. A house, an environment, enriched and enhanced. Perfect.