New Zealand "Tent House" offers contemporary holiday hotspot

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This summer vacation home designed by New Zealand architecture firm Pacific Environments Architects took the concept of a tent and pitched it to new heights.

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The holiday home, having moved top a site next door, left this property open for a new "campsite" where a pair of tent houses would take shape. But this humble inspiration has become something that's simply outstanding. These unusual homes embrace minimalist living - ideal as a relaxing getaway - executed in a modern way. The single storey residence features floor to ceiling glass walls offering gulf and harbor views to Kawau Island and beyond. Encircling the coastal home, outdoor entertaining areas are sheltered by a large overhanging flat roof supported by artfully angled pillars that pierce through the rooftop.

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The sliding glass doors open onto the alfresco deck area, blurring the boundary between indoors and out.

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Inside, the style is clean and contemporary, balancing modern touches and minimalism to achieve the perfect environment for a little R&R. Concrete floors lend the home an air of informality, while the open concept floor plan allows for easy socializing with family and friends.

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In line with the tent and campfire concept, a communal sleeping area opens onto a sunken living area with a fireplace feature at its heart.

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Pacific Environments Architects
photo credit: Lucy Gauntlett

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Posted on August 7, 2012 9:28 AM

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