The Matter Bach is something else. A beautiful piece of design work by Matter Architects, it demonstrates that a small building can be a great building. Situated in the small town of Whiritoa, on the east coast of the North Island, this little residence is a landmark of the town.
The Bach has a simple and relatively low cost material pallet consisting of plywood and corrugated tin and polycarbonate (strong plastic).
The design is basically a rectangular box on stilts with two well placed corrugated towers that intersect it, one being a staircase and the other the fireplaces. It is on stilts
The unconventional design is a response to both the cultural and physical landscape. The bach takes on its
Here we could also learn a lesson about land.
how were costs kept down. low cost materials and clever design, simple and minimal, small, no conventional windows
Small narrow difficult site on a flood plane and in a hallow. Council drain easement
Interacts with neighbours at Street level especially draw bridge
Had to be on stilts because of flood plane
Can play under the house
Like boxes in boxes
Views to the beach from the roof
70m2 on a site of just under 400m2
Ply and corrugate and polycarbonate
Treated ply form the body with two towers out of corrugated polycarbonate and tin
Fantastic use of materials and form
A work of art
Needed privacy from neighbours driveway
Lights up like a lantern
Roof garden, Sleeping nooks, natural lot showers are becoming a part of matters repertoire
A small house is a great house
Photography by Samuel Hartnett