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At its essence, this elegant Waiheke Island bach is a deck with a sleeping platform suspended above.

A crisp glass-and-steel box accommodates cooking, eating and living on the lower level. With glass doors drawn back, this area expands to include decks running from east to west, providing the owners with a flexible range of options for being inside, outside or somewhere in between. Sleeping and bathing take place in the textured timber box above, where slatted shutters offer shelter and containment while still allowing the sounds of bird calls and waves on the beach below to filter through.

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MacKay Curtis is an award-winning design led practice with a mission to create functional architecture of lasting beauty that enhances people’s lives.

We believe architecture can combine environmental responsibility and design excellence to argue that sustainability is not just good for the planet but offers architects new opportunities for creativity and innovation.

Our work spans commercial, institutional and residential projects, having worked closely with many different and diverse client groups in both the public and private sector.

Every client is unique, and every project deserves architecture which responds to its specific program and site. We believe in developing a concept derived from the site and context that is carried throughout the entire design process. From broad initial planning to the execution of the finest details, there is a consistency of thought throughout every project. The resulting architecture is imaginative in concept, functional in use and balanced in form.

Our design process is anchored in a fully collaborative working relationship with all partners in the process of creating architecture. This collaboration extends the full spectrum of the process from the clients to the consultants to the builders.