Shoal Bay Bach / Parsonson Architects

© Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

Architects: Parsonson Architects
Location: Shoal Bay,
Project Team: Gerald Parsonson, Craig Burt
Structural Engineer: Spencer Holmes Consulting Engineers
Builder: Phil Davidson Construction
Project Area: 220 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Paul McCredie

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Shoal Bay is a remote settlement on the rugged east coast of southern Hawkes Bay. The building is designed to be part of the rural setting, it is raised off the ground and sits beside the original woolshed, which has served the bay since the early 1900′s. The bach is rugged yet welcoming and offers unpretentious shelter, it is the type of place where you kick off your shoes and don’t need to worry whether you walk sand through the house.

floor plan
floor plan
© Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

The bach is formed of two slightly off-set pavilions, one housing the bedrooms and the other the main living space. Decks are located at each end of the living pavilion allowing the sun to be followed throughout the day. Sliding screens at the north-west end provide adjustable shelter for the different wind conditions, offer privacy from neighbouring campers and act as walls for outside sleeping.

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  • hyon

    I don’t why, but this house reminds me of the pink house by Sepka/HSH architects. This one’s more warm and inviting. the pink one was well – more fun. Both are in a way very subversive. Great Job!

  • el rafa(el)

    It reminds me a lot of Glen Murcutt’s Kempsey shorthouse.

    Anyway… good house, a great place to live!!!

  • majchers

    Cool house but every time in a case like that I seem to be questioning the amount of plywood sheathing. It seems to be always a bit excessive and almost into ones nose. Especially on the ceilings. There is simply too much of it. Maybe tint it down (or up) a bit?

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  • Shropshire Architect

    Great house, location and images.

  • StephBr

    Typical kiwi!
    No insulation, no heating, tough as nails these guys.

  • Koda design

    looks almost like a replica of the original Marie Short House by Murcutt. Even the program is similar to that of Murcutt’s. Probably the reason this residence looks as striking as it does!

  • Stefan

    I have to agree with majchers. The exterior reflects a great way of re-interpreting a traditional form. The internal use of timber seems a bit excessive.

  • Rendell Hape

    Sorry, I have to agree also. The sheathing, with exposed nailing, tilts a little overboard IMHO. I can kind of understand where the designer was going with this – that outdoor ruggered look yet suttle to the eye.

    However overall, Great Bach!

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