The Story of BIV Punakaiki

There is something simple, functional and serious about the backcountry miner’s huts that dotted the West Coast landscape during the gold rushes of the 19th century. Rough timber internal finishes and tin cladding were dark and brooding.

BIV Punakaiki’s simple and understated lines with pitched black roof and lone chimney hark back to these huts of yesteryear.

Awards Received

2022 Architectural Designers New Zealand  – SUPREME AWARD 

2022 ADNZ Resene Supreme Architectural Design Award winner is Mitchell Coll of Fabric for his work on Biv_Punakaiki. An innovative West Coast bach, ‘Biv_Punakaiki’, is a reinterpretation of a historic gold miners’ hut, but with all the modern facilities to warmly welcome modern-day travellers to the West Coast. Read more


2022 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.

A playful yet finely crafted use of sustainable materials at a scale which often misses to measure its environmental impacts. The cabin is respectful of its surroundings with only taking what is needed. The minimal floorplate and detailing both reflect the design intent of remaining ‘light’, clean and respectful. Efficient and iconic residential architecture that embodies a low impact approach to energy use and sustainability. Celebrates the small with careful consideration of materials and precision.

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“Make sure you stop and stay at Punakaiki - so much to see”

What a peaceful place to stay. It takes a little time to slow down, but once you do you see the wonderful nature all around you. With the doors open you really are living in the bush.


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