That’s how the architect describes this retreat near Punakaiki.


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Designed by James Warren of Upoko, this six metre by six metre upscale cabin is dwarfed by its bush setting. But what lacks in physical size it more than makes up for in terms of capturing the essence of West Coast living.

Immediately beyond the building platform rise lush tree ferns and mature nikau, and that sense of camping in the heart of the forest is enhanced by the use of wide APL Architectural Series sliders downstairs, and a Metro Series sliding door upstairs.

In the living area, access to the outdoors is simplified by the absence of obtrusive aluminium corner posts, while the tracking system allows panels to fully retract back over walls, creating the appearance of ‘disappearing doors’.

The owners previously spent years holidaying simply on the site, and wanted a bach maintained that unfussy, natural approach. Timber appears everywhere. The upper sleeping floor, for example, is clad in warm cedar, which is nicely matched by anodised light bronze joinery from the Metro Series.

Downstairs, they’ve gone for a different colour, choosing anodised Silver joinery for the heavy-duty, 2.5 metre APL Architectural sliders.

Manufacturer Design Windows West Coast Ltd
Architect Upoko Architects
Builder Tony Wilkins Builder Ltd
Region West Coast

The result is a beautifully simple box in the bush – just add adventure.

Key products used in this home
Anodised Colour
Anodised Colour
Urbo Hardware
Urbo Hardware