Memory Rock by JCA Studios
A dozen years ago, Jeremy Chapman was building a shed on Great Barrier Island when he fell into conversation with the owner, saying he would build a house on the section.  Chapman replied, he would be an architect rather than a student with a part-time job building sheds. 
Fast forward more than a decade Chapman, received a call from the shed owner.  The result is an off-the-grid structure, just a stone's throw from Medlands Beach that is quietly confident and inconspicuously elegant. Inspired by the topography of the nearby shoreline, it has a low, long form. Memory Rock, the outcrop that protrudes from the centre of the beach.
The long wing that houses three bedrooms and the living areas is clad in broad panels coated with Dryden in Slate; they're sandy in tone, but also match the silvery bulrushes in the wetland and the minerality and exposed nature of the coastal site. Cedar runs across the outdoor soffits, and inside the same materials and hues are carried through to further anchor the home to its surroundings.  The interior ceilings are cedar lined, and in the bedrooms the cedar runs down the walls behind the beds, doing away with the need for headboards.
Featured Brands Simon James Nonn Mattiazzi
Photographer David Straight
Architect JCA Studio