Designed for carefree summer days and balmy evenings outdoors, this Coromandel getaway, inland from Pauanui, knows that “bach” is not just a word, it’s a way of life. Its relatively modest 170sqm floor plan effortlessly sleeps two families in five bedrooms. Striking yet understated, refined yet robust, this build has real architectural swagger. The honest construction showcases clever craftsmanship. The interiors embrace the beauty of natural materials and raw building techniques. Exposed ceiling trusses amplify the sense of volume in the open-plan living zone. Concrete floors are hard-wearing yet easy on the eye. Plywood wall panelling softens the overall effect, while staying true to the raw, modern style of the home. While minimalist and sophisticated, the design possesses a playful spirit – see the challenging alternate-tread staircase and soccer-net balustrades which lead to a studio-style mezzanine floor. Ample kwila decking and outdoor showers tick the boxes for form and function – so much so, the home won the New Home $550,000 - $700,000 National Award.