Birch Bach

Located on a north facing site in a secluded cove on Kawau Island, surrounded by the high terrain, this holiday retreat remains private, is protected from prevailing winds and retains spectacular views across the harbour through the cottage to the sea.

The development consists of a two bedroom cottage and separate two bedroom guest suite/boathouse, both buildings interconnected by privacy but ease of social interaction. Openable walls capped with a monopitch door and large cantilevered roof overhangs are arranged to provide flexibility of space, maintain views from the three levels of the cottage and provide shelter and shading to the exterior decks and internal spaces. Isolation from the mainland and normal building industry sources, logistics in material transport, dictated the material elements and structure. The buildings are constructed in timber which features structural laminated beams, natural cedar weatherboard cladding and ply wall and ceiling linings. This provides structural integrity as well as robustness and durability to the interior

John & Marie Birch

Kawau Island



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