Sited on an estuary headland off Tawharanui Peninsula, New Zealand, the Bishops Hill Encampment is a small scale dual structure overlooking the water. The pair of minor dwellings are strategically sited to achieve an occupation of the land that feels both timeless and relaxed. The external appearance of each building uses a combination of exposed timber framework and timber shutters, both with a natural oil finish, embedded harmoniously in the side of the hill amongst the undulating landscape.
Divided into two buildings: Designed by Fearon Hay Architects, living and sleeping, each space has been thoughtfully arranged to accommodate the essential, basic living needs. The small spaces open up to the surrounding landscape through their operable walls in place of windows, further accentuating the relationship to the exterior and overall feel of ‘camping’.