Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga

Bay of Plenty House

Under construction, Bay of Plenty

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Residential Process

A new beach house in place of a much-loved family bach means this site is steeped in memories – the challenge of sweeping out the old and carefully crafting the new.

Scale is an essential consideration with the design incorporating new linked pavilions. These embrace sea and estuary views and define protected outdoor living spaces.

An existing garage and studio are reimagined as part of the overall composition but remain distinct from the new buildings, reinforcing the sense of scale on the site and accommodating the wider family, visitors and beach equipment.

A natural palette of oiled cedar in vertical and horizontal profiles anchors the pavilions to the site with timber brise-soleils blurring the transition from inside to out.

The upstairs main bedroom provides a sanctuary from the bustle of activities below and a view of the next surf break.