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.
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 rear facade. A system of sliding glass windows and doors underscore the indoor/outdoor nature of the house.
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