The rear facade. A system of sliding glass windows and doors underscore the indoor/outdoor nature of the house.
After a day in the office downstairs, Michael Bellemo and Cat Macleod congregate on their bleacher-like steps with their kids Marco, six, Flora, four, and 19-year-old Celeste.
The Tinbeerwah house and studio keep a low profile among the site’s eucalyptus trees.
Designed for off-grid functionality out of necessity, the self-sufficient bach that Herbst Architects designed for their friend is a stellar getaway on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island. Clad in cedar, the modestly sized abode embraces outdoor living and views of the Pacific Ocean.
Our March, 2009 issue Learning from Down Under chronicled the best sustainable design, like a self-sustaining home on Great Barrier Island, in Australia and New Zealand. Photo by: Prue Ruscoe