Te Horo Bach Shortlisted for Award

August 14, 2018

A Te Horo bach has been shortlisted for this year’s New Zealand Architecture Awards.


The Awards are run by the New Zealand Institute of Architectsand operate on a peer-review system.


Finalists include projects from across the country in 11 categories.


The Te Horo Bach by Parsonson Architects is in the Housing section.


The New Zealand Architecture Awards jury will undertake its tour of all shortlisted projects at the end of this month.


The 2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards will be announced at Te Papa, Wellington, on 9 November.


The Parsonson website says:


Te Horo Bach 2017 is a small (87m2) bach for a family of four. A retreat, located an hours drive north of Wellington on wild and beautiful dune-lands in a newly developed coastal subdivision with large section sizes.


It is a small economically planned fibro and batten clad building that has its design roots partly in the NZ bach tradition, with an explorative use of form, colour and material.


As part of the subdivision rules there was a limited colour palette available. We went beyond this with additional colours added to the sides of the exterior battens, that aren’t apparent when the façade is viewed straight on. The layers of colour are intended to coordinate with the wider environment.


The plan is bookended by 2 bedrooms with the living space in the middle, opening both east and west allowing access to decks, sun and shelter from the prevailing north-westerly coastal winds.


To create a subtle intimacy in the in the open plan living space, it is laid out in a pinwheel pattern creating diagonal spatial flows with the ‘L’ shaped window seat and joinery diagonally opposite the kitchen. 


The section is easy care with native grasses and plantings and the lawn areas cut in for cricket and parking cars.










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