Eyrie, two holiday homes, New Zealand | Cheshire Architects

Auckland based Cheshire Architects designed two small holiday houses near Kaiwaka in New Zealand, beautifully constructed from wood. The twin cabins exteriors are burnt black, while the interiors create peaceful, timeless environments in total blackness or contrasting, lighter pine.

Photography & Film © Jeremy Toth 

Description from Cheshire Architects:

“Eyrie comprises two houses near Kaiwaka. Each is barely larger than four sheets of plywood. They are made from wood, are off-grid and autonomous, their outsides burnt black. This project is part polemic, part escape. Holiday homes have become this country’s decadence. Our sub-prime estuarine site permitted a 1500m² palace. It forbade two 29m² cabins. At night we talked excitedly about Malevich’s Suprematism; in the morning we got up and wrote legal submissions on visual density and the attrition of driveways. We wanted a different vision for New Zealand’s coastal future. In these houses a history of prismatic abstraction is conflated with a poetic of small boats bobbing in a sea of grass. There are no doors. One climbs up boulders and in through a window instead. We hoped that in subverting the shorthand language of building these little constructions might feel like something other than – and more than – houses.”

Winner of HOME magazine's 2014 New Zealand Home of the Year.