Annandale Seascape Cottage was designed by the architectural firm Pattersons on the edge of the peninsula Banks in New Zealand. The unconventional building is set into a rock escarpment and accommodates a lobby, living/sleeping and a bathroom. Especially envisioned as a honeymoon escape, it is accessible only by farm track or helicopter, allowing guests here to relax in a memorable setting, “intimate with themselves and with nature in the roar of the ocean, oblivious of demands from the outside modern world”. An appealing description, hiding many more interesting experiences, as you will discover in the photos below.

According to the architects, the retreat was built using local materials, with in-situ poured concrete floors and an earth turfed roof: “The plan is an interlocking geometry responding to both near views of the Bay and far views out to Rocky Spires. It is lined with horizontal macrocarpa wood. This timber forms integrated joinery, wall and ceiling panels behind double glazed low e-glass in storm and shatter proof steel mullions which utilize earthquake resistant sliding heads.” The interiors are a hypnotizing array of textures, with furniture reduced to the minimum, encouraging a powerful connection with the outdoors.