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These two small identical cabins are positioned to take advantage of the view to the immediate shoreline below

These two seaside cabins are cut into the hillside twenty meters from a small intimate beach in the Bay of Islands Discover this article's resources 0

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From the architect: Rowe Baetens Architecture

These two seaside cabins are cut into the hillside twenty metres from a small intimate beach in the Bay of Islands.


They are sited facing northwest, concealed and immersed within the native bush of the terrain.

The buildings are generous without being extravagant in area, and a large proportion of their footprint is covered by a glazed veranda.

The small cabins are identical and positioned to take advantage of the view to the immediate shoreline below while located in elevation to one another so as to incorporate visual privacy.

The plan is largely symmetrical with a part height wall division between the bedroom and bathroom/wardrobe.

Rafters support a glass roof to the front and continue through the interior section of solid roof, to the re-emerging glass roof above the bathroom and rear entry.

Roof glazing enables a lightness and connection to the bush above and around.

A slatted screen wall provides privacy to an outdoor shower at the rear, while retaining a sense of connection to the landscape.

The detailing articulates, a refined rustic aesthetic including deliberate constructivist logic that expresses way the buildings are assembled.

The project was completed in association with Noel Lane Architects.

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First published date: 16 February 2017

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Credit List

Architect Tom Rowe, Rowe Baetens Architecture Limited
Contributor name Noel Lane Architects Limited
Contribution to the design Concept and developed design
Photographer’s name Sam Hartnett
Awards Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended