Beach House

It's Oh So Quiet

Herbst Architects craft a private seaside retreat at Wairahi Langs Beach with finely tuned levels and rhythmic screening.

Lean Back

The straightforward becomes staggering in this low-key design by Ken Crosson that reclines on the ridge above Koekohe Beach.

See Saw

James Warren expertly balances views, privacy and a raft of sculptural details with this seaside cottage rejig in Lower Hutt.

Open & Shut

Andrew Meiring designs a barely there bach on Aotea Great Barrier Island with the vagaries of wind and weather in mind.

Past & Presence

Steeped in sunlight and nostalgia, this Taupō beach house by Parsonson Architects puts a modern skew on the classic Kiwi bach.

Make Peace with the Day

On an overlooked site at Matapōuri, a bach looks inward to create an entirely different experience.

Tide Lines

Designed with a focus on taking time and slowing down, this beautifully resolved coastal escape gives itself over to the rhythm of the landscape.

Land Fall

An environmentally minded home surrounded by regenerating bush skims the earth above Ōtama Beach.

Enough Said

Thinking outside the bach, Edwards White Architects design an off-grid family escape that’s a big step up from camping.

Into the Fold

Patrick Clifford of Architectus creates a cliffside escape for friends that explores the pleasure of volume and scale.

Natural Rhythm

Inspired by boatsheds, Andrew Patterson composes an elegant family resort on Waiheke Island that’s both minimal and monumental.

Poetic Refrain

Herbst Architects present an intriguing yet harmonious show of contradictions in this family hideaway at Matapōuri Beach.


Part fale, part harbour marker: RTA Studio designs a striking off-grid bach at Medlands Beach on Aotea Great Barrier Island.

Anchor Me

Rich Naish future-proofs a beachside retreat for his family on a challenged site north of Auckland.

River Side

On a bucolic site just behind Whangapoua beach, a contemporary shed manages views, wind and the needs of friends and family.

Best Nest

A sharp little house on Waiheke Island is a contrast in openness and containment.

Back to Bach

A modest bach at Riversdale Beach to fill with extended family and friends.

On the Shore

Richard Naish deals with storms and sea lions for the design of a robust crib in The Catlins.

Screen Saver

On a windswept coastal site near Ngāmotu New Plymouth, this courtyard home by Gibbons Architects strikes a fine balance between exposure and enclosure.

Summer Unplugged

Benched into the hillside, overlooking the first tee of a coastal Wairarapa golf course, this beach shelter by Neville Parker, of Inside Design, is a lighthearted return to how we once holidayed.

Marking Time

Tim Dorrington’s first commission came from his parents. Twenty years on, the Waiheke bach is still treasured.