Discover this spectacular beach-front cabin in New Zealand

With breathtaking views and a minimalist design, this beach-front cabin in New Zealand is a special project.

By Becca Green | 6 August 2020

Designed in collaboration with artist and surfer Dean Poole, this weekend home is hidden in the native forest of the Waitakere Ranges.

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Image: Simon Devitt

This compact beach-front cabin, designed by Stevens Lawson Architects, was born out of Dean Poole’s desire to connect with the natural landscape and to provide his family with an authentic New Zealand experience.

Creating a weekend escape for his family, he’s created at once comfortable, but that opens almost seamlessly onto the scenic bush and rugged black sand beaches.

Plywood kitchen design

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Image: Simon Devitt

The entire lower level is devoted to an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space in which the family can enjoy spending time together while looking out of the floor-to-ceiling windows to the expansive native bush below.

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.

The plywood-lined living space has black detailing, from the kitchen island’s worktop to the Fisher & Paykel built-in oven, providing dimension while allowing the natural grain of the wood to take centre stage.