Located on a small beachfront town in the Bay of Islands of New Zealand, the Rawhiti Bach is a house extension designed as guest wing which supply extra bedrooms and bathrooms.
The new structure has been buried into the hillside nearby, its half-buried form is characterised by low rolling hills covered in a mixture of grass and rambling clusters of kanuka and manuka.
A simple concrete shell angled to echo the slant of the hillside, sliding timber shutters create a dynamic façade providing occupants with control over privacy and views to the landscape beyond.
Inside, a long hall skylight filtering daylight into the cellular rooms and creating geometric expanses of light across the concrete walls.
The slightly weird main building provides the primary gathering spaces, main bedroom, informal ‘loft’ space, and a boat storage.
Inspiration from architects:
Together these contain a trace of the spatial arrangements of the previous bach, leading to a form designed as an assemblage of objects, with intended misalignments, slippages and quirks. It launches out of the ground, projecting out to near and distant views.