fearon hay architects invites residents to open up the transformative dwellings of 'the camp'

fearon hay architects invites residents to open up the transformative dwellings of 'the camp'

fearon hay architects introduces a pair of small timber camp dwellings over the rolling hills of northern new zealand’s tawharanui peninsula. the small-scale cabin structures known as the ‘bishops hill encampment’ or ‘the camp,’ are strategically sited to occupy the landscape without disrupting their natural surroundings. the immediate context is characterized by tall wild grasses along a rolling topography. rather than cutting and nesting into the sloping hillside, the dwellings flat above the meadow-like context. the design team introduces a visual and tectonic complexity to the minimal dwellings through their rhythmic materiality and operable apertures.

fearon hay camp
images courtesy of fearon hay architects



with a minimal plan, the camp by fearon hay architects is both outward-looking and intimate. the interiors offer a sense of closeness which can be nearly fully opened up to the sweeping distant landscape. the transformative nature of the project is lended by a system of full height operable exterior walls clad with timber shutters. this sliding shutter system allows for a range of openness while introducing a patterning of shadows and filtered sunlight. the elements are finished entirely with a natural oil, visually integrating the camp within its wooded context. the dwellings are each harmoniously situated along the hillside, perched along a slope which leads down toward the water’s edge.

fearon hay camp



fearon hay architects positions the dwellings of the camp to generate a sheltered, centralized space suited for outdoor living. the design team comments on the process of capturing the spirit of camping: ‘the encampment has been designed to be simple accommodation, capturing the essence of old style informal beaching and camping. divided into two buildings — living and sleeping — each space has been thoughtfully arranged to accommodate the essential, basic living needs.’

fearon hay camp fearon hay camp fearon hay camp fearon hay camp fearon hay camp fearon hay camp fearon hay camp fearon hay camp fearon hay camp fearon hay camp



project info


project title: the camp

architecture: fearon hay architects

location: tawharanui peninsula, new zealand


    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,531 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample