By Christine Walsh on Sep. 18, 2014
The so-called Coromandel Bach beach home was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, who drew inspiration from shipping container architecture. The home, which was built like a container, is located in the picturesque region of Coromandel, New Zealand. In building the home the architects wanted to stay true to the traditional New Zealand building methods by designing a structure that was both raw and unique, when it comes to cladding, lining and joinery.
The container house is clad in unadorned natural timber, which is a sustainable and renewable resource and serves to link the home to its natural environment. An open plan living area takes up most of the interior of the house and it is open on both sides to make the space appear larger and provide stunning views of the ocean and surrounding countryside. The house has four bedrooms: three smaller ones on one side of the container-like structure, and a master bedroom on the other side.
There is also a large fireplace in the living room, which is enough to heat the house during the winter. The home also has a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, which features a removable bathtub, that can be placed anywhere in the home or on the deck.
The builders also installed a simple mechanism, which allows the sides to open and close. When opened, they provide a spacious deck, and when closed they keep the home secure. Apart from the two large windows, there is also a series of projections and cutouts, which punctuate the walls, providing natural light and capturing specific views. Inside, the floors are made of white oiled American oak, and the walls are lined with hoop pine. Building wooden houses was also a tradition in New Zealand and the architects wanted to reflect that.