Eyrie by Cheshire Architects


Located in the settlement of Kaiwaka, in New Zealand is the residential project Eyrie by Auckland based architects, Cheshire Architects. Comprised of two individual wooden residential units, Eyrie features an usual facades that are barely made from four sheets of plywood, with their outsides burnt black. As the house units are off the grid and autonomous, Eyrie aims to present an holiday home that is partly polemic and partly an escape.


The sub-prime estuarine site for Eyrie, permitted two 29 sqm house units that sit close to each other and with pitched roofing that slope towards the water. Featuring large oblongated windows cut out of the burnt timber cladding facades; these apertures faces views of the coast and hill, whilst the solid side walls act as privacy barriers between the neighboring unit.


Eyrie presents a unique take on holiday homes that reinterprets traditional residential architecture


Eyrie features minimalist boxy masses that feature burnt timber cladding, that takes cue from the bold and intensely pigmented shapes from the work of Russian suprematist painter, Kazimir Malevich. Whilst the exterior structures are almost identical, the interiors of the house units are different, depending on the clients’ preferences. For the interior of one of the units, it is lined with a glossy black paintwork and brass detailing, whilst the other is encased in a plywood lining and pale timber furniture.


An interesting feature of Eyrie, is that neither of the units have any doors. The clients must instead find make-shift steps in pull-down windows shutters and boulders, to boost themselves through the front floor windows.