Auckland architect Pete Bossley’s individual home renovation has caught the eye of his friends – the project has been awarded a Housing – Alterations and Additions Award in this year’s NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards.
Bossley, who shares the property with his companion, artist Miriam van Wezel, describes the challenge as “a story of loving iterations designed to accommodate expanding and contracting family members and guests”.
He claims it is a location that has been consistently developing about 20 many years, without having at any time having an “end-game” in sight. “It has gone from a few bedrooms to 4, back again to a few bedrooms and workspace, and could nicely revert to 4 bedrooms if demanded.”
The NZIA jury praised the “array of ‘adjustments’ played out across the initial home over many years”.
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“Everywhere are moments of thoughtful thought and experimentation, but also accumulation, that enable the dwelling to echo deeply the shifting mother nature of its owners’ lived collaboration.
The jury stated the residence was “rich in idiosyncratic envelope shifts, cell components, surprising interconnections, and an affable transforming of entrance, back again and side yards” and delivers ”an completely persuasive vision of area-remaking”.
‘Not about picture-ready tidiness’
Bossley has also admitted the home is not about “photo-ready tidiness”. “It is about dwelling in convenience with architectural delights: the central lavatory with a see by way of to the back garden, the way early morning shadows glance throughout the ply and GRC fireplace surround, the informally hung artworks, the wavy handrail up the irregular entry steps……”
Colour performs a solid part, assuring the venture also gained a Resene Color Award, with the Resene judges indicating: “Colour is a medium that skilfully underscores the complicated spatiality deployed by both the architect and artist occupants of this fantastic property alteration.
“Orange, green, red, blue – in all places they splendidly interact to nuance and intensify the every day patterns of life played out listed here.”
Bossley claims the new extensions are designed as “floating planes of color, clad in fibre-cement sheet with uncovered fixings, to discover new features from previously iterations”.
“Internally, silver beech plywood and GRC (glass fibre-bolstered concrete) have been applied to develop streams of identity flowing by the present spaces.”