Ar­chi­tect Ken Crosson ex­am­ines and rein­vents the essence of bach liv­ing for a con­tem­po­rary ap­proach on the coast.

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We might be get­ting used to denser ways of liv­ing in our cities, but un­til now that ap­proach hasn’t been ap­plied to the coast. At Boathouse Bay, just north of Auck­land at the north­ern end of Snells Beach on the Mahu­rangi Penin­sula, ar­chi­tect Ken Crosson has de­signed a 33-home de­vel­op­ment – a new style of coastal liv­ing. “It’s a con­tem­po­rary take on the tra­di­tional New Zealand bach,” says Crosson. “It’s ex­am­in­ing the essence of bach liv­ing. We looked at what you ac­tu­ally need in an en­vi­ron­ment like this – and, of course, it comes down to qual­ity not quan­tity.” Crosson’s de­sign is de­lib­er­ately mod­est in scale, in­spired by tra­di­tional boat sheds that dot our coast­lines. The homes are clus­tered, with care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion given to views, light and out­door liv­ing. In­stead of sin­gle dwellings hog­ging the beach front, the de­vel­op­ment is a col­lec­tion of white, pitched-roof houses that are con­tem­po­rary, yet sym­pa­thetic to the coastal ver­nac­u­lar. Clad in crisp white stand­ing-seam alu­minium spe­cific to the coastal en­vi­ron­ment, kit­ted out with Ar­clinea kitchens from Matisse and lined with touches of tim­ber, these are up-to-theminute homes that are both warm and con­tem­po­rary. To pre­serve the open na­ture of the coastal site, the dunes are be­ing re-es­tab­lished, planted with na­tive dune grasses and low-grow­ing ground cover to a de­sign by Boffa Miskell’s Rachel de Lam­bert. This plant­ing will flow around beach­side homes, with denser plant­ing ap­plied to those built on the hill be­hind. A public walk­way, mean­while, is planned for the dunes, while a shared space for cars and pedes­tri­ans is de­signed to en­cour­age com­mu­nity and in­ter­ac­tion. “It’s some­thing I to­tally be­lieve in,” says Crosson. “We should be get­ting more peo­ple on our coast and mak­ing it more mod­est, so that more peo­ple can ac­tu­ally achieve this kind of liv­ing.”

A new ty­pol­ogy is ap­plied to coastal liv­ing at Boathouse Bay.

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