Timms Bach / Herbst Architects

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Timms Bach / Herbst Architects - Table, Chair, Beam, Windows
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Text description provided by the architects. A beach shelter for occupation during summer months on Kaitoke Beach, Great Barrier Island off Auckland New Zealand.

Timms Bach / Herbst Architects - Table, Beam, Chair
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The site is small and narrow at 16x52m and set back from the beach amongst a number of similar sites strung on either side of a dead end access road. The building is made up of 3 primary elements, a wall, a “container”, and the negative space between them.

Timms Bach / Herbst Architects - Table, Chair, Wood, Beam, Brick
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To deal with very proximate neighbouring buildings along both long boundaries, the functions that require complete weather protection; the bedrooms and bathroom, kitchen and lounge and the boat garage, are grouped into a long container like structure and positioned  along the eastern boundary.

Timms Bach / Herbst Architects - Beam, Chair
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On the western boundary a gabion wall made of stone from a local quarry defines the edge.

Timms Bach / Herbst Architects - Chair, Brick, Beam
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The 2 positive elements are then connected by a roof structure which defines the pivotal negative space between, the covered living deck.

Timms Bach / Herbst Architects - Beam, Chair, Deck, Patio
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The gabion wall anchors the light structure and holds the negative space while the container peels open to connect the kitchen to the covered deck. Retractable screen walls on the north and south faces of the living deck allow selective editing out of the prevailing winds which blow from either SW or NE.

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Cite: "Timms Bach / Herbst Architects" 14 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/427421/timms-bach-herbst-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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