Tent House

New Zealand –  Chris Tate Architecture

Built area:    70.0 m2
Year built:    2016
Photographs: Simon Devitt, Jono Parker

Tent House is the architect’s personal studio-cum-weekend retreat. Its sharply-angled roof is a standout in the middle of a lush forest. It’s pretty much like going camping in the woods – only with more sophisticated accommodations.

It's like going camping with more sophisticated accommodations.
It’s like going camping with more sophisticated accommodations.

The A-frame roofed structure belies a comfortable living area. Inside, monochromatic walls done in a stark white color make the space larger than it seems. Black accents give the house a contemporary vibe.

The absence of windows and doors is not a problem. A full-height glazing is more than enough to let the outdoors in.

Monochromatic interiors make the space larger than it actually is.
Monochromatic interiors make the space larger than it actually is.

A single helical staircase lead from the ground floor living area to the bedroom. The Tent House is simple yet sophisticated; basic yet functional.

Notes from the Architect:

Chris wanted to capture the back-to-basics simplicity of a camping holiday when he designed his Tent House on Auckland’s Waiheke Island.

The ten-like structure of the house responds to those restrictions in a daring and dynamic way.  The sharply raking ridge-line and soaring soffit reference the tent experience in an architecturally elegant way.

Overall, the Tent House is an embodiment of the complex rendered simple and the modest rendered sublime.

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