Auckland architect Pete Bossley’s own home renovation has caught the eye of his peers – the project has been awarded a Housing – Alterations and Additions Award in this year’s NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards.
Bossley, who shares the home with his partner, artist Miriam van Wezel, describes the project as “a story of loving iterations designed to accommodate expanding and contracting family and guests”.
He says it’s a place that has been constantly developing over 20 years, without ever having an “end-game” in sight. “It has gone from three bedrooms to four, back to three bedrooms and workspace, and could well revert to four bedrooms if required.”
The NZIA jury praised the “array of ‘adjustments’ played out across the original house over many years”.
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“Everywhere are moments of thoughtful consideration and experimentation, but also accumulation, that allow the house to echo deeply the shifting nature of its owners’ lived collaboration.
The jury said the house was “rich in idiosyncratic envelope shifts, mobile elements, unexpected interconnections, and an affable reworking of front, back and side yards” and offers ”an utterly compelling vision of place-remaking”.
‘Not about photo-ready tidiness’
Bossley has also admitted the house is not about “photo-ready tidiness”. “It is about living in comfort with architectural delights: the central bathroom with a view through to the garden, the way early morning shadows glance across the ply and GRC fire surround, the informally hung artworks, the wavy handrail up the irregular entry steps……”
Colour plays a strong role, assuring the project also received a Resene Colour Award, with the Resene judges saying: “Colour is a medium that skilfully underscores the complex spatiality deployed by both the architect and artist occupants of this wonderful house alteration.
“Orange, green, red, blue – everywhere they splendidly interact to nuance and intensify the daily patterns of life played out here.”
Bossley says the new extensions are designed as “floating planes of colour, clad in fibre-cement sheet with exposed fixings, to identify new elements from earlier iterations”.
“Internally, silver beech plywood and GRC (glass fibre-reinforced concrete) have been used to create streams of identity flowing through the existing spaces.”