NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

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...

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