Whereas vacation homes tend to be extravagant and overly-spacious in the States, New Zealanders seem to prefer elegant, compact homes that immerse residents into the contours and tranquility of the outdoors. Cheshire Architects designed these twin Eyrie vacation homes right on the grassy banks of an estuary near the Tasman Sea. These matching homes forgo the typical door, using a set of pull-down steps that allow people to enter through the window instead.
Created for two different clients, the homes may be matching on the outside, yet are beautifully individualized on the inside. The structures were originally slated for building on top of the hillside, yet the architects decided to bring them down closer to the water. Not only does this keep them safe from strong winds, but the choice “would help them to feel an intimate part of this beautiful landscape rather than something watching over it.”
Each home has two large windows, one facing the hillside and one facing the coast, as to maintain privacy from their neighbor and to invite in the surrounding daylight. Neither structure has doors, but rather a set of pull-down steps for owners to climb through the window instead. The blackened timber encasing each of the 312-square foot cabins is said to have been inspired by abstract painter Kazimir Malevich, providing a stark contrast to the brightness of the hillside. It’s easy to imagine being swept away by this peaceful slice of paradise.
Images via Jeremy Toth