Crafted from the creative mind of Ken Crosson, this New Zealand container home is unlike any other we’ve come across. Welcome to the Coromandel Bach.
“On arrival, all that is required is to winch down the sides to form the decks and provide a stage for living which then appears to float above the ground, as if ready to be folded up and moved to another location. On departure, the crate is packed up again for protection from the elements,” Crosson says on his site.
First things first – upon entering the home, it’s a necessity that you push open the folding doors to take in the breathtaking ocean view.
From here, you truly get that “floating” feeling on the expansive wooden deck. There is even a “floating chair” for relaxing and breathing in that fresh, salty sea air. Having this as your daily view would be incredibly calming, don’t you think?
The seating area features a large fireplace for the colder winter months.
A long sofa and a couple of canvas folding chairs surround the welcoming fireplace. There is no television, but who needs TV when you have incredible ocean views like this?
Opposite of the lounge area is the dining area and kitchen of the Bach.
A large dining table has plenty of room for meals with friends a family. The kitchen was kept simple with light wood cabinetry and built-in exposed shelving. There is a sink, burner, and mini-fridge that is hidden behind the custom-made cabinets. As for natural light? The glass folding doors make sure that there is no shortage.
In one wing of the home, you’ll find the master bedroom. On the opposite side (not pictured), is a bunk room for the kids.
The gorgeous wood-paneled bedroom has a built-in desk with shelves for a small work or study space. Glass slats open and shut depending on how much of a breeze you’d like flowing into the room.
The open bathroom with sliding doors has a simple sink and rainfall showerhead.
Epic sea views can be found in every single room of the Bach container home – and the bathroom is no exception. Without a neighbor in sight, privacy in this very exposed shower isn’t an issue. However, there are curtains if you’re feeling a bit too vulnerable.
As if the bathroom couldn’t get any better – there is a mobile bathtub that can be filled up and wheeled out to the back deck.
“The open bathroom with slatted timber floor and the movable bath on wheels allow the rituals of showering and bathing to become an experience connected to nature,” Crosson’s website says.
The bathroom also has a wooden bench for changing and a towel rack.
And when the sun goes down – you can unwind to the sound of crashing waves below.
Crosson describes the central living room as a metaphorical tent or campsite, and at night, you can truly grasp that vision. Much like camping, you can fall asleep to the sounds and smells of nature while gazing up at the stars.
If you’d prefer to have a bit more privacy – just fold up the outside door for a more ‘unassuming’ look.’
When the wood door is folded up, the home appears to be a standard container home, completely hiding all of the surprises hidden inside – an absolutely stunning design.
The Bach has even won multiple awards including:
- World Architecture News Finalist / Top 6 Houses worldwide 2006
- NZ Home & Entertaining / Home of the Decade Winner 1996 – 2005
- NZIA Award 2003 / Award for Architecture 2003
- Origin Timber Design Award / Architectural Excellence 2003
- NZ Home & Entertaining / Home of the Year Winner 2003
Visit Krossen’s website to see other amazing home designs.
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Source: Smaller Living