Eyrie

Photographer: Jeremy Toth

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 a visual density and 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 the grass. There are no doors. One climbs up boulders are 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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