Nothing is predictable about the houses designed by Cheshire Architects: to enter you have to swim through grass, climb up a boulder and slip through a window. Their shape has the effect of a Suprematist painting by Malevich: two monoliths that float like abstract boats in a sea of green. We’re an hour away from Auckland, New Zealand, close to Kaipara harbor.
In this part of the world, vacation homes are a thorn in the side: they disfigure the landscape. The Eyre project disputes this tendency with two rebel houses. A challenge to the paradoxical impositions of local authorities, which allowed a 1500 sq meter construction to be built on this strip of land where now the two cabins rise, but not sustainable and completely autonomous wooden buildings of just 29 sq meters.
Once permission to build was granted, the architects of Cheshire designed two prisms with burnt black exteriors, equipped with all essential services in spite of their size, but completely disconnected from the web and electricity grid. The idea is to offer a way of life that is different from that of big cities, an authentic immersion in the wild nature of Kaipara. A new vision of the future of New Zealand’s coast, a story that tries to connect politics, poetics and architecture. And the secret is humility.