Nestled among nikau palms with a backdrop of soaring dolomite cliffs, this 80sqm West Coast nest showcases the best of small, functional design using materials that complement the environment. Described by Upoko Architects as “an adventure in a small box”, the bach beautifully captures the spirit of natural living.
Sliding doors meet at corner junctions, enabling half of the ground floor to be opened to the great outdoors. The dining/living/kitchen space shares the lower level with a laundry and bathroom. The mezzanine contains two bedrooms with birds’ eye views of the living area. The nikau forest canopy is framed to spectacular effect by a large sliding door in the main bedroom.
The owners have chosen natural materials where possible. Walls are clad in ply and timber, creating a cocoon-like effect. The ground-floor exterior is cedar. Aluminium encases the upper storey.
With this stylish little house, the owners have achieved their dream of creating a relaxing retreat.
AFTER THEIR REGIONAL SUCCESS winning the Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast Local Category, Craftsmanship and Lifestyle awards, along with a Gold Award, this home also won a Gold Reserve and the National Resene New Home up to $450,000 Category Award in the National competition.