of Vaughn McQuar­rie Ar­chi­tects

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Tell us about the de­sign. It’s a 70-square-me­tre, three-bed­room bach over two lev­els. The lower level is more in­for­mal, some­what like a camp, with sleep­ing cabins, a shower, and cook­ing area linked by a cen­tral deck. This deck and the stair to the up­per level form part of the path­way that runs through the site. The bach cre­ates a se­ries of in­ti­mate in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal spa­ces that en­gage with var­i­ous parts of the site. How did you get the best out of the bush site? By en­gag­ing with all lev­els of the site – the ground plane and its as­so­ci­ated flora and fauna and up in the canopy of the larger trees. By cap­tur­ing the views and light each area of­fers. Were there any chal­lenges? The rel­a­tively steep south-fac­ing, bush site. There were nice views to the south but we had to draw in sun from the north, along with a quite com­plex brief that dic­tated the plan. The site has foot ac­cess only, so ev­ery­thing had to be car­ried in by hand or he­li­copter – the weight of ma­te­ri­als and min­imis­ing waste were con­sid­er­a­tions. What do you find most sat­is­fy­ing about the project? The house is ac­cessed by a foot­path from a road above the site, and the bot­tom of the site con­nects with an­other path that leads down to the beach. We have linked these path­ways by con­tin­u­ing it up through the mid­dle of the house, which gives the house a nice con­nec­tion to the site. And that Tim and Jackie like their bach!

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