Eyrie Houses by Cheshire Architects

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TYPOLOGICAL CATEGORIES:

ARCHITECTURE

SOCIOLOGICAL CATEGORIES:

FAMILY

EVOCATIVE CATEGORIES:

STYLE, UNNATURAL

DETAILS:

MAP_NEW ZEALAND

AUTHOR:

Cheshire Architects

YEAR:

2012

LOCATION:

Kaiwaka, New Zealand

PHOTOGRAPHS:

image ©Jeremy Toth

SOURCE:

dezeen

TXT:

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.

txt: Cheshire Architects

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