Alexandra Tent House



  • Shortlisted The Plan Awards, Italy and invitation to present at Perspective 2015 Forum, Milan Italy.


  • Finalist in World Architecture Festival, Singapore 2-4 Oct

  • Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Southern Architecture Award (Housing)



  • Alexandra Tent House Aaron Betsky, “Unfinished and Far Far Away : The Architecture of Irving Smith Architects”, Altrim Publishers, Thomson Press (India) Limited, 2023, pgs 30-39

  • 2016

    • Isabelle Lomholt, 'Alexandra Tent House in New Zealand', e-architect,, May 17, 2016

    • Future Islands, The New Zealand Exhibition, Biennale Architectura 2016, Kathy Waghorn, New Zealand Institute of Architects, 2016, Page 116,117

    • 2015

      • The Describer,, Portugal, Dec 8

        Watch Interview

      • Houses New Zealand, "Up close with Nelson-based architect Jeremy Smith", Issue 37, Spring

        View Houses New Zealand Article

        Soft Context / Soft Architecture : 8 New Zealand Landscapes, “Places” Exhibition, International Festival Architecture Week, Prague, 17 Aug-18 Oct

      • 2014

        • Architecture NZ, 1:2014, pg 40

        • Scoop Homes & Art, Edition 39, Summer 13/14, Australia, Global Review - Design Watch New Zealand, pg 85

        • 2013

A house within a frontier environment and set to encourage freedom as a super-insulated and permanent tent within an inland southern New Zealand basin. A landscape of big sky and barren, open ground with extremes of temperature interchanging between winter permafrost and summer arid heat.

The house places an externally insulated concrete core, as ‘tent’, beneath a sheltering ‘fly’ to articulate light and scale.The wilderness remains unadorned and wild, fence free.

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