Tent House

Tent House

Chris Tate Architecture
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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Private Houses
Simon Devitt and Jono Parker

Tent House

Chris Tate Architecture as Architects

I designed The Tent House for my weekend / personal retreat / studio. It was an experimental project designed to challenge the expectations of what a weekend house may be. It is not tiny but it is compact and very liveable. When we are not using it we rent it out for short term accommodation and photo shoots.

The house comprises of 70m2 of floor space including the mezzanine sleeping area, there is compromised floor space due to the compounding angles running to the point. There is one bedroom, one bathroom, a fully functioning kitchen with the rest of the space being open plan or some what of a gallery for living

The front deck has been designed to 'fan out' giving the illusion of a 'shadow' cast by the structure. The house is set in a New Zealand native rain forest setting where we have planted hundreds of native to New Zealand only species to recreate a natural native forest landscape, in doing so many of the native birds have returned

I built as much of the building as I could and had architecture students help with the process, so it was a very much hands on experimental process. We did the foundations, floors, framing and had professionals take over with services and cladding etc. Every time I visit the house I get excited by the complexity and simplicity of its form every time, it has that 'happy place' feeling for me

The tent house has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival in Berlin 2017

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