Coromandel Bach Container Home, Coromandel, New Zealand

Located in the North Island of New Zealand, this stunning home known as the Coromandel Bach Container Home captures the beautiful simplicity of living with nature.

This 134m2 Kiwi “Bach” – or vacation home –  was conceived as a simple timber container that could be closed off when vacated. Two large doors on either side can be lowered to open the home and provide a direct connection to the outdoors. Designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, this unique holiday home can be easily boxed up when not in use. A simple mechanism opens the deck upon arrival.

The house has a simple rectangular plan that sits across the contour in a patch of cleared bush in the manner of the rural shed, facing north and the view .
The living room is open to the outside and the sun, a metaphorical tent or campsite, while the bunkrooms are enclosed and cool. The large fireplace allows winter occupation and the open bathroom and movable bath allows the rituals of showering and bathing to become and experience connected to nature.
This bach is an attempt to provide an environment to capture the essential spirit of the New Zealand holiday in the New Zealand landscape.



2004 NZIA Supreme Award for Architecture
2003 NZIA Local Award for Architecture
2003 NZ Home & Entertaining Home of the Year Winner
NZ Home & Entertaining Home of the Decade Winner 1996-2005
2003 Origin Timber Design Award for Architectural Excellence
2006 World Architecture News Finalist – Top 6 Houses worldwide

Courtesy Of: Crosson Architects

Photography by Patrick Reynolds





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