Penny bach



The West Coast's best kept secret


Nestled in the mountains, just 19km inland from Hokitika on the rugged West Coast of the South Island is Lake Kaniere. Located in a scenic reserve and surrounded on three sides by snow capped mountains, Lake Kaniere is arguably one of New Zealand's most beautiful lakes. Nestled on its eastern shore overlooking the lake this bush-covered site perfect location for a unique, inspiring, twenty-first century bach.

The design brief called for an innovative, sustainable bach in tune with the natural environment and designed with maximum flexibility in mind to suit a changing family. From a summer sanctuary to a winter refuge, the bach would set the scene for many fantastic holiday memories to come.

  The form of the Penny Bach is simple yet striking, with two solid living modules divided by a transparent entrance hall. The large decks elevate the living space into the tree line and catch the associated views beyond. The building will be constructed from hard-wearing, high quality materials that will stand the test of time and resist the often harsh West Coast weather. 

The balance between three aspects; outdoor living, communal gathering, and private space, have driven the layout of this modern Kiwi bach. This results in a series of flexible, interconnected spaces that make the most of the stunning views to the East, West, and South.

Outdoor space is an important part of the New Zealand lifestyle, a place to relax, a place to play, a place to live. This bach takes advantage of it’s idyllic setting on the shores of Lake Kaniere, to create an exceptional outdoor space that fully utilises the available view. When sitting on the deck, the added elevation and lack of visible balustrading opens up new views of the lake.

Perched above the tree tops this bach combines the best of New Zealand outdoor living with the comfort and security of a family home. It is a retreat after a day on the cool waters of Lake Kaniere, a gathering point for friends and family in the warm afternoon sun, and a private space to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Images: First Light Studio