Eyrie Houses / Cheshire Architects

Eyrie Houses / Cheshire Architects

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Kaiwaka, New Zealand
  • Architects: Cheshire Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  58
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012
  • Photographs photographs:  Jeremy Toth
  • Engineering:Thorne Dwyer
  • Structures:Steve Thorne
  • Building Contractor:Peter Oakden
  • City:Kaiwaka
  • Country:New Zealand
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Text description provided by the 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.

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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.

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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.

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Cite: "Eyrie Houses / Cheshire Architects" 28 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/774230/eyrie-houses-cheshire-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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