Karekare Bach, New Zealand Oceanfront Residential Building, NZ Home Photos, Architecture

Karekare Bach, New Zealand beachfront cabin

7 Aug 2020

Karekare Bach, New Zealand beachfront Residence

Design: Stevens Lawson Architects

Location: Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand

Facing the waves:

Stevens Lawson Architects collaborate with designer and surfer Dean Pool on a spectacular beach-front cabin in New Zealand complete with Fisher & Paykel appliances

Karekare Bach, New Zealand beach cabin

Photos by Simon Devitt

Designed in collaboration with artist, creative director and surfer Dean Poole for his own family, this efficient and deceptively simple weekend house is hidden up a zig-zag stairway in the dense, native forest of the Waitakere Ranges, which roll down to the black-sand surf beaches below.

Karekare Bach was born out of a desire to connect with the natural landscape and provide Dean Poole and his family with an “authentic New Zealand experience”, a goal that has been successfully executed in every corner of the project. The entire lower level is devoted to an open kitchen, living and dining space in which the family can enjoy spending time together while looking out of the floorto-ceiling windows to the expansive native bush just outside.

Karekare Bach, New Zealand beach cabin

To perfectly complement the architecture’s intentional simplicity, Dean took on the role of designing the kitchen himself. Having worked with Fisher & Paykel over many years in his role as creative director with the Auckland-based design studio Alt Group, the New Zealand native brand’s offering of sleek and contemporary appliances were the obvious choice for this pared-back project.

The plywood-lined living space is accented only with black, from the kitchen island’s worktop to the Fisher & Paykel built-in oven, providing dimension while allowing the natural woodgrain seen throughout to take centre stage.

“With this space, Dean wanted the kitchen to act as a workshop, with products that facilitated the needs of everyday life and no more, exemplifying an ‘enough is enough’ design ethos,” comments Helen Haider, Head of Marketing, Fisher & Paykel UK & Ireland. “We therefore provided our most intuitive and ergonomic products.

For example, our integrated DishDrawer™ is situated in one of the three freestanding timber cabinets and removes the discomfort of loading and unloading a conventional dishwasher, with the pyrolytic, self-cleaning oven found just above. The result is absolutely no fuss in the kitchen, allowing the family to enjoy their time together and let the appliances do the hard work for them.”

Karekare Bach, New Zealand beach cabin

Fisher & Paykel products:

600mm Single Pyrolytic Built-in Oven OB60SD7PX1
300mm Gas on Glass Cooktop CG302DLPGB1
900mm Fridge French Door Slide-in Panel Ready RS90A1
600mm Integrated Single DishDrawer™ Dishwasher Tall DD60SHTI9
Front Loader Washer Dryer Combo, 7kg + 4kg WD8060P1

About Fisher & Paykel Appliances

Fisher & Paykel, New Zealand’s award-winning appliance brand, has been selling products to change
the way people live since 1934. Over time the company has grown into a global organisation, now
operating in 30 countries with over 4,000 employees and manufacturing in Italy, Thailand and

Karekare Bach, New Zealand beach cabin

Fisher & Paykel’s design heritage is founded on a pioneering spirit and a culture of curiosity that has
challenged conventional appliance design to consistently deliver products tailored to human needs.
The company is committed to ongoing research and development with a culture of open innovation,
which allows people to work collaboratively to find insights and ideas that connect with customers
and respect the planet.

Fisher & Paykel believe everybody deserves good design, because good design is all about making
life better. It has built its success on understanding its consumers and designing innovative products
such as the award-winning DishDrawer™ Dishwasher – the world’s first dishwasher in a drawer and
the class-leading CoolDrawer™ multi-temperature drawer.

A part of the wider Haier Group since 2012, Fisher & Paykel has strengthened its presence as a
premium home appliance brand. Fisher & Paykel’s New Zealand Design Centres, based at two
locations in Auckland and Dunedin, have been recognised as one of the wider Haier Group’s five
global research and development centres of excellence.

Photographs: Simon Devitt

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