The Bach That JK Built - Colorsteel

The Bach That JK Built

For rugby great and keen surfer Sir John Kirwan, Waihi holds a special place in his heart. “I’ve been going there all my life. It’s like my spiritual home,” he says.


Colour COLORSTEEL® FlaxPod® Matte

Designer Chris Tate

Sir John Kirwan

When he decided to rebuild his family bach, located just 100 yards from Waihi Beach, he wanted to create something comfortable and practical, using materials that would withstand the coastal elements, so future generations could enjoy the simple life at the beach. “As I get a bit older I’m trying to go minimalistic. You don’t need a lot. This place is one story, four bedrooms off the hallway and a wet room for my surfing.”

Sir John Kirwan

Kirwan engaged architect Chris Tate to design the bach, which is clad in COLORSTEEL FlaxPod ® Matte, a subdued, textural finish. The matte finish was something both Tate and Kirwan agreed upon as key to the aesthetics of the house.

For Tate, the use of COLORSTEEL® helped to ensure this was a simple, low maintenance and quintessentially New Zealand building that ticked all of his client’s boxes for a ‘surfer’s bach’. “It’s cladding that represents New Zealand - very much a New Zealand look. We have had corrugated steel buildings for the last 150 years,” says Tate. “It’s bulletproof and it looks sharp.”

The cladding is accented with chunky fascias and Abodo timber slatted baseboards. A dune-style boardwalk runs down one side of the home, accessing the large rear deck.

Tate worked closely with Kirwan to get a clear interpretation of what he wanted from his bach. Kirwan has a love of steel, with the house not only cladd in COLORSTEEL Flaxpod® Matte, but also built with NZ Steel Axxis Steel framing.

Internally, a key feature of the bach, is Kirwin’s wet room, “basically a proper wet zone where you can come in directly from the beach and go straight to the shower,” says Tate. “The laundry is there, surfboards can be stored, it’s quite a functional entry with a big utility space to walk through. And then it's like a villa with a hallway down the middle and rooms spilling off, then living, kitchen and dining at the end.”

Waihi Beach
Waihi Beach
The Bach That JK Built
The Bach That JK Built

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