Bach with Two Roofs
Bach with Two Roofs This set of three small buildings and the spaces between provide a holiday home for a young family within an existing forest clearing overlooking New Zealand’s picturesque Golden Bay. Two buildings are inhabited; the larger for the family, the smaller for friends or the kids once bigger, with peripheral decks to connect to the clearing and sacrificial fly roofing to protect from the eucalypt trees and collect rainwater. The third building provides independent amenities to the external spaces which are controlled in volume by the placement of buildings within and to the edge of the clearing allowing camping, shelter, friends, frisbee...... The immediate landscaping remains simply grassed as an open palette for tents, parking and activity, with eucalypts thinned to remnants where fallen or ailing, whilst maintaining the perimeter forest enclosure. The buildings are set back from the sea view to sit within the privacy of the clearing, allowing the view to be de-privileged and shared by all from external spaces. Materials are chosen for their blending to the surrounding bush and dappled forest light; oiled cedar, simply finished metals, eucalypt decking. Interiors are consistent and pure with dark ply wall, ceiling and joinery linings providing a sense of retreat from the clearing, paralleling the privacy afforded to the forest clearing by the forest surrounds. Footnote: The cyclonic storms that battered New Zealand in July 2008 resulted in a large eucalypt falling onto the smaller building, and whilst a scare for all, demonstrated the sacrificial roof successfully protecting the inhabited buildings below. The steel portal beam deflected at the pivot joint allowing simple replacement along with the upper roof timber structure and metal cladding. The steel columns and inhabited buildings beneath remained unaffected.


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