Peka Peka Escape

A low impact response to the local environment

An understated weekender that provides a comfortable escape from the day to day was the aspiration; a contemporary interpretation of a traditional kiwi bach referencing New Zealand architectural heritage, our design response.

Set back from the sea amongst iconic rolling dunes and groundwater lakes on the Kāpiti Coast, the immediate area is characterised by large lots with homes orientated to respect the space and privacy of neighbours.  Our design responds to both the natural and surrounding built context, favouring privacy and shelter over a sea view. 

With an elongated pitched roof echoing the surrounding topography, and weathered cedar cladding, this simple bach sits comfortably in its coastal environment. Extensive glazing provides views to the adjacent lake, home to native wetland birds. Decks, opening off both sides of the living space, provide access to sheltered outside areas, whatever the wind direction. A strong sense of arrival is created as you approach from an angled boardwalk through two dunes, gradually revealing the entrance and views to the lake beyond.

Our material selections were governed by the clients’ vision of a simple low maintenance building constructed from honest materials. A limited colour palette, wooden joinery, polished concrete floors and continuity of materials create a unified, restful environment. Cedar cladding, stained to mimic coastal weathering on the exterior, continues into the interior where a citrus bio-oil warms, and enhances its rich tonal properties. Whilst fittings and fixtures are relatively modest, the interior finishes are carefully considered, and finished to a high quality. Construction techniques reflect this same approach, favouring a more traditional approach to building where carpentry finishes are visible.

Project Location - Peka Peka, Waikanae, NZ

Photography by Paul McCredie
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