Island Complex Residential designed by Pete Bossley Architects. This house has received several awards, among others NZIA 10 Best Buildings Award 1997, NZIA Branch Award for Architecture 1998, NZ Home and Building/Citroen ‘Home of the Year’ 1998, NZIA Northern Regional Award for Architecture 1999, Tasman Small Practice Award 1999 and NZIA Regional Award 2000.
From the architects “……Each house is approximately 500sqm, stretched along the relatively narrow sites from road to sea. Each has three two storey elements linked by narrow circulation routes. this strategy ensures light and spaciousness infiltrate all spaces within the building and creates intimate light-filled courtyards landscaped with flowing water and sparse planting. A rich variety of spaces exist within the buildings, ranging from double-height living areas open to the sea views, to more internalised lounges nestled into falling land at the more road end of the sites.”. For further detail visit Thorp Houses by Pete Bossley Architects.
From the architects “A large and busy family required extensive alterations to their 1970’s house which had small dark spaces with unsatisfactory relationships to the existing outdoor areas of swimming pool and tennis court……It wraps around the north of the house to create an intermediary space between the inside and outside of both levels, and also connect the upper and lower levels. The outdoor fireplace is treated as a sculptural element and defines the edge of the exterior room. A new spa pool, retiled swimming pool, terraces and landscaping create a relaxed environment for energetic family life……”
Situated on Glendowie between a natural edge created by the steep bush clad cliff that rolls down to Karaka Bay and the sinuous road that the house fronts onto. Story from the architects “Frosted glass provides privacy at the front of the house but still allows western light to penetrate through the building. The shadow of the timber screens frayed edges through the frosted glass provides a beautiful silhouette with the afternoon light. An open riser timber and steel stair winds up through a triple height space from the garage level to the main living level and then on up to another two levels. Your view of the stair is filtered through layers of a stainless steel mesh screen hanging from the ceiling between the stairs and a dark stained timber screen.”
This house located on a ridge above the east coast and has spectacular views from Poverty Bay right around to Tatapouri Point. Story from the architects “This single storey house clings to the ground as it steps down the hill then as it reaches the edge of the ridge it opens out otwards the sea to become a grandstand for viewing. The clients required a house that could accommodate an extended family but on the other hand one that would also feel comfortable if just two of them were home. This resulted in a T-shaped plan of essentially two wings, one of which could theoretically be closed down. This form allowed a sheltered outdoor area protected from the easterly and nor-eastely winds but still very much connected to the view through the transparent living wing.”
From the architects “This private house proposes a new way of living in the tropical Hawaiian climate. Whereas most houses on Maui are sealed air-conditioned boxes, this residence is predominantly naturally ventilated, designed to take advantage of the sea breezes to cool the interior and exterior spaces. The roof overhangs are carefully designed to ensure direct sun is kept form all glazed surfaces and interior spaces, the flowing water completes the microclimate and offers beautifully dappled reflections onto the undersides of roofs. The house is composed of five separate buildings, linked by broad covered ways and wrapped around an open courtyard. The living pavilions are able to be totally opened to encourage airflow, and to provide views from the courtyard through to the sea.”. For further detail visit Private Residence by Pete Bossley Architects.
From the architects “Located in the rapidly expanding eastern end of Omaha Beach, one row of sections back from the sand dunes, the house is an exercise in symmetry modulated to suit the site. In order to sit calmly in the somewhat jumbled context, it has clear formal structure: two symmetrical plywood-clad boxes float over pre-cast concrete panels and present a strong elevation to the street, symmetrical above and modified below to provide a welcoming entry sequence. The formality becomes frayed with an incised terrace and horizontal planes of louvred sunscreens to the sea and sun on the north. This format offers privacy from the street and a more relaxed relationship between the interior spaces and the lawn with beach beyond…..”