A TENT FOR THE FUTURE
rumours were flying when Chris Tate’s tent-like bach began to rise from its inaccessible Waiheke site. Was it the home of some strange cult, could it be a power station… perhaps it was an aviary? Intrigued locals pondered the possibilities
Chris knew exactly how it was going to turn out. He’d been plotting the design for five long years – a brutal, striking, soaring black exterior (a bit like a stealth bomber, he suggests) and a pure white, pared-back interior of only 70sqm.
Not usually, there isn’t really room, although I have had 100 for a party. I have a good audio system with outdoor speakers (much to the neighbour’s delight!) All my music comes off a tablet – everything from Fleetwood Mac to ASAP Rocky. When we have friends for a party, we take turns choosing one track each.
I put a lot of thought into the lighting. There are green lights in the forest and a bright white LED that lights up the exterior. Our fire pit is such a social space, with a view back to the house – we tend to sit out there, throw things on the fire, burn things. It’s primal.
I wanted it to be like a tent and it definitely has a camping feel. It’s a little bit cramped, not like living in a sprawling house. It’s such a contrast to our everyday house and that’s intentional. It’s built as a temporary solution, not a full-time house.