There are certainly some unusual architectural features here in New Zealand’s Tent House designed by local firm Irving Smith Jack Architects is indeed a pioneering piece of architecture, in terms of the basic concept behind the design, as well as its connection to nature. The super insulated house was made to withstand the region’s extreme temperatures, ranging from winter permafrost to sweltering summers. The sloping roof / walls feature voids that let natural light and breezes permeate its exterior, while visually breaking up its solid steel facade. Beneath the “tent,” a concrete core separated interior from the wild outdoors. Check it out.
The home’s surroundings are raw and untouched – no fences, no structures within sight, the house being the only man-made addition to this open, barren landscape.
One of the most interesting exterior architectural details is the fly of the “tent” which stretches over the concrete volume underneath, a composition that lends this interesting house its name.