Bach with Two Roofs Post Cyclone Additions



  • Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects New Zealand Architecture Award – Housing – Alterations and Additions

  • Nomination for the German Architecture Prize by German Design Council


  • Finalist for World Building of the Year, World Arcitecture Festival 2017, Berlin

  • Winner World Villa of the Year, World Architecture Festival 2017, Berlin

  • Finalist World Architecture Festival, Berlin 15-17 November 2017

  • Finalist New Zealand Architecture Awards - Housing - Alterations and Additions

  • Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Nelson Marlborough Architecture Award - Small Project Architecture



  • “Surfing Through Shifting Landscapes”, Design Detail, India, Vol.7, Issue 69, January 2020, pg 62-70

  • 2019

    • “Essay from America”, Architecture NZ, July/August 2019, pages 42 - 46

    • Aaron Betsky “More on Machine Madness”, Architect Magazine,, USA, 28th February

    • Insitu Exhibition, NZIA 2019 Conference, Auckland 14 – 15 February

    • “Jeremy Smith; Soft Architecture; Is being finished finished? New Zealand Architect Jeremy Smith discussed his firm’s work for Passing Through”, Architecture League of New York,, 4 February

    • 2018

      • “Two roofs respond”, 2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards, Houses New Zealand, Issue 50, pg 56-59

      • “Winners revealed: 2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards”, Architecture Australia,, November 20th

      • Justine Harvey, “World Architecture Festival 2017”, Architecture NZ, January/February, page 68 - 71

      • “2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards” Architecture New Zealand, November/December 2018, page 82

      • “2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards: Winners”, Architecture Now,, Nov 10

      • “Two Roofs in Prague”, Architecture New Zealand, November/December, Page 20

      • “2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards shortlist announced”, Architecture Australia,, Australia, 16 August

      • "Being Finished is finished" in "Architecture Week Yerevan 2018", Yerevan, Armenia - November-December 2018

      • Chris Barton, Jeremy Smith, Kathy Waghorne, “An Essential Tension: The Changing Space Between Practice and Academia in Teaching Design Research”, Proceeding of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, Sept 27-28, pg 203-221

      • “Being Finished is finished” in “100 let českosolvenskě architectury”, Prague International Architecture Festival, Prague, Czech Republic September 15 - October 14 2018

      • “World Architecture Festival”, Architecture NZ, September/October 2018, pg 17

      • “New Zealand Architecture Awards 2018 shortlist announced”, Architecture Now,, 16th August

      • “Category Winner, Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay, NZ, Irving Smith Architects”, World Architecture Festival 17/18, Winners’ Catalogue, pg 25

      • 2017

        • Architectural Record, “Bach with Two Roofs by Irving Smith Architects, Golden Bay, NZ”, USA, October 24,

        • “Bach with Two Roofs by Irving Smith Architects – Architecture”, Seriouslyarchitecture,, Nov 24, USA

        • “Bach with Two Roofs”, Competitionline,, 28 Nov, USA

        • "New Zealand houses a hit at WAF", Architecture Now,, November 21

        • Sumit Singhai, “Bach with Two Roofs in New Zealand”, Aeccafe, India, 24 November,

        • "World Architecture Festival Reveals Day 2 Category Winners of their 2017 Awards", ArchDaily,, Nov17, USA

        • Jessica Mairs, "More of the year's best architecture from World Architecture Festival 2017", Denzeen,, Nov16, USA

        • Elly Strang, "New Zealand architecture firms carve their name in world stage at World Architecture Festival", Idealog,, 12 July, New Zealand

        • "World Architecture Festival overall winners", World Architecture Festival,, 16 Nov, Berlin

        • "World Architecture Festival winners", Archello,, Nov16, Holland

        • “World Architecture Festival in Berlin – the winners”,, November 17, Germany

        • "World Architecture Festival - day 2 winners of international architecture awards announced",, November 16, Berlin

        • "Winners of World Architecture Festival announced", Architectours,, November17, Italy

        • John Hill, " WAF day two winners", World Architects,, November 2017, USA

        • "WAF announces second category winners for 2017",, November 17, UK

        • "Winners announced for World Architecture Festival", Canadian Architect,, November 16, Canada

        • "World Architecture Festival, WAF 2017 - discover all the winners", Arc Street Journal,, November 17, France

        • Justine Tostedo, " The World Architecture Festival 2017 day two winners", Bustler,, November 17, Australia

        • "World Architecture Festival 2017 winners announced", Hyperblaze,, November 17, Australia

        • "Оголошено переможців World Architecture Festival 2017", Xmapoyac,, November 17, Ukraine

        • "WAF World Building of Year announced", Architects Journal,, November 17, United Kingdom

        • "Найкраща архітектура 2017", The Village,, November 17, Ukraine

        • "Объявлены победители World Architecture Festival 2017", Kordon,, November 17, Ukraine

        • "Najpiękniejsze wille na świecie 2017 roku", Bryla,, November 17, Poland

        • “Bach with Two Roofs”, Archtalent, Berlin, Germany, September 26,

        • “2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards”, ArchitectureNow, August 4,

        • “Bach with 2 Roofs”, Archello, Netherlands, August 1,

        • ArchitectureNow Editorial Desk, “WAF 2017 Shortlist Announced”. Bach with Two Roofs – Golden Bay, ArchitectureNow, 12th July

        • "NZIA Local Architecture Awards 2017", Bach with Two Roofs, Architecture NZ, page 73

        • Lynda Papesch, “Awards Showcase Amazing Architecture”, Wild Tomato, July, pages 32-46

New Zealand was the last landmass to be inhabited, and then deforested with unrivalled speed. Its new cleared landscapes are still so young they shift, when they fail new native trees grow. It might take a hundred years or more, but buildings that participate in this shift could one day inhabit near-original forest. This is something new, for New Zealand architecture was established and has remained in clearings. To inhabit its original forest landscape, architecture must understand existing context rather than generate new landscapes, it must be soft, patient and ready to change; as we exhibited at the 2015 Prague International Architecture Festival entitled Soft-Context:Soft-Architecture.

Bach-with-Two-Roofs found itself in a shifting landscape. We designed four buildings between 2007 and 2112 to provide holiday accommodation in an exotic forest. Sheltering low beneath imported eucalypts, the buildings have sacrificial roofing and recessive interiors, and share the space between trees. Holidays were private and hidden.

In 2014 a cyclone cleared the forest. The two roofs limit damage, but the buildings require more than repair, they need re-finishing. Without the trees the site is exposed, the wind stronger, the sun hotter, even the building’s colour and proportions feel misplaced. Holidays here aren’t supposed to be about hiding and finding shade.

The post-cyclone additions re-finish the buildings to the new clearing, but do so by understanding a landscape that continues to shift, and a native forest that in time will again conceal and shelter. A shade building is added, filtering light and sitting low for the main buildings to recede behind. Frames tack lightly to existing structures, widening cover and shadow to provide privacy and retreat. But these new elements are adaptable and expect to be repositioned and changed as the forest grows. Holidays resume, but being finished is finished, this landscape is shifting…

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