There is a sense of generosity in what is a small house; it reaches into its setting to both articulate exterior space & serve the differing needs of the family who occupies it.

  • Residential
  • 139m²
  • 8 Images


2016 ADNZ Architectural Design Awards
Highly Commended for ‘Joynes Hideaway’
Residential Compact New Home (up to 150m²)

At the end of a narrow opening, nestled deep in virgin, native Coromandel bush, sits a small clearing on a 30-acre site. We needed to respect the environment, including free range Kiwis, and consider materials, transportation and the build process, to limit impact on the site.

A bach hideaway on a small, elevated ridgeline space with an eastern valley aspect, to serve as a retreat to hang out in isolation and become one with nature.

Once on site, a giant black Colorsteel wall with a large cut hole, greets you. The warmth of cedar lined walls and ceiling of the overhanging canopy entrance draws you into a recessed entrance that envelops you with its aesthetic and sculptural aspect.

Everything is built around connections. An eco fireplace provides heating to the living space and is a focal point between the lounge and dining/kitchen areas.