Rawhiti Bach

  • home + bach
  • award-winning

John and Di Struthers

Bay of Islands

2014

Concrete3 Sustainability Award for Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction, 2015

NZIA Auckland Architecture Award for Housing, 2015


To accommodate the next generation of their family, Di and John Struthers wanted to replace their much-loved bach with one that would embrace the culture evolved over decades, would cater for anything from an intimate couple to a large celebratory crowd, and importantly become an heirloom for the next generation.

The main building provides the primary gathering spaces, main bedroom, informal ‘loft’ space, and a boat store. Together these contain a trace of the spatial arrangements of the previous bach, leading to a form designed as an assemblage of objects, with intended misalignments, slippages and quirks. It launches out of the ground, projecting out to near and distant views.

The sleepout takes its lead from the site’s geographical qualities and, as a counterpoint to the main building, hunkers down into the hillside. It provides bedrooms that offer a retreat from the communal bustle of the main building. Shutters create a dynamic façade providing occupants with control over privacy and views to the landscape beyond.

The buildings have been designed to be long lasting, be grounded in the site, engage with the landscape, reinforce the sense of place, and sculpt light and views. And ultimately, the design looks to reinforce and provide for a multiplicity of ways to come together, and share time and memories.

The buildings have been designed to be long lasting, be grounded in the site, engage with the landscape, reinforce the sense of place, and sculpt light and views.

Concrete3 Sustainability Award for Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction, 2015

NZIA Auckland Architecture Award for Housing, 2015

The buildings have been designed to be long lasting, be grounded in the site, engage with the landscape, reinforce the sense of place, and sculpt light and views.