There’s something lovely about camping in a tent—the simplicity, the connection to nature, not to mention a break from the buzz of modern life. But there are also hassles, from setting everything up to, well, bugs. New Zealand architect Chris Tate set out to build a modern retreat that embodies the best aspects of tent camping with none of the drawbacks.
Tent House is a sleek and modern A-frame home nestled among wetlands on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island. Clad in black tin and timber, the home’s dark and minimal facade offers a modern contrast to its surroundings.
The all-white interior is a study in simplicity, with a full kitchen, bathroom, and living room. A clean-lined spiral stair leads to an upstairs bedroom. The open side of the A-frame structure is made entirely of windows, flooding the space with natural light.
Tate created the 753-square-foot home as a personal retreat and workspace, but is now offering it as a short-term vacation rental.