An eyrie is defined as ‘the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high inaccessible place’. A perfect moniker, then, for these two cabins, built on an inlet on the New Zealand coast, and awarded 2014 Home of the Year by Home magazine.
Barely larger than their four sheets of plywood, the cabins are off-grid and autonomous, their outsides burnt black. I love the description of the architects’ vision, 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. Each comprises a tiny bathroom (both have showers that are outdoors), a kitchen, a sitting area and a sleeping loft. Each has two large windows and wooden hatches that allow ventilation of the bathroom and sleeping areas. A window in the ceiling allows a view of the night sky. The interior of one of the cabins is covered in honey-coloured ply; the other is inky black. A perfect owl’s house.
Photography, Jeremy Toth (feature image, images 2, 3, 6) and Darryl Ward (images 4, 5)
Eyrie by Cheshire Architects, via. More cabins for living in, here and here
Oh the inky black interior for sure .. and a window to a starry sky …
Thanks for the link J . What a wonderful setting for these cabins .
lovely aren’t they? proper snugs, beautifully crafted. happy weekend, pt 🙂
What a beautiful space! Love the beautiful reflective black walls against the grain of the wood. Just beautiful. xD
Wow! Stunning! I’d love to live therex
yes, even just one night of star gazing! nice to hear from you mon 🙂 x
I love the contrast of materials! That jewel box-like kitchen living alongside the rough timber paneling is so sexy!
i agree – i love the precious contrasting with the humble. it’s beautifully considered. thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
I could totally picture myself living there.The simplicity of its construction reminds us exactly what we have forgotten. That we need very little to be happy. A well deserved award! Thanks for sharing it! 🙂
a pleasure! it does resonate, doesn’t it – a simple (albeit beautiful) shelter, and a connection with nature… all we really need. 🙂 thanks for stopping by.
It’s always a pleasure! Yours is among the most interesting blogs I’m following. Best regards! 🙂
I’m delighted, thank you! 🙂
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