the tent house has been designed by architect chris tate as an experimental project that challenges the notion of what a weekend house should be. located in a native rain forest of the waiheke island, new zealand, the 70 sqm house doubles as a personal retreat and studio, enclosing a mezzanine sleeping area, a bathroom, a fully functioning kitchen, and an open plan living space.

chris tate completes tent-shaped weekend house in new zealand rain forestall images by simon devitt & jono parker, courtesy of chris tate architecture



chris tate built as much of the house as possible together with the help of architecture students, putting together the foundations, floors, framing, while professionals took over with services and cladding etc. the compact yet very livable residence features an angular form and a front deck that reflects the shape of the façade and ‘fans out’, giving the illusion of a shadow cast by the building. hundreds of newly planted native plants surround the tent house, recreating the rain forest landscape and inviting many native birds to return to their natural habitat in the process.

chris tate completes tent-shaped weekend house in new zealand rain forest

chris tate completes tent-shaped weekend house in new zealand rain forest chris tate completes tent-shaped weekend house in new zealand rain forest



project info:


architects: chris tate architecture

location: waiheke island, new zealand

lead architect: chris tate

area: 70 sqm

manufacturers: APL, NZ steel, metalcraft, metro

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