Auckland architect Pete Bossley’s own residence renovation has caught the attention of his friends – the undertaking has been awarded a Housing – Alterations and Additions Award on this 12 months’s NZIA Auckland Structure Awards.

Bossley, who shares the house together with his companion, artist Miriam van Wezel, describes the undertaking as “a narrative of loving iterations designed to accommodate increasing and contracting household and friends”.

He says it is a spot that has been continually creating over 20 years, with out ever having an “end-game” in sight. “It has gone from three bedrooms to 4, again to 3 bedrooms and workspace, and will nicely revert to 4 bedrooms if required.”

Fife House, architect Pete Bossley's own home that he shares with partner Miriam van Wezel, has received a Housing - Alterations and Additions award in the NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards.

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Fife Home, architect Pete Bossley’s own residence that he shares with companion Miriam van Wezel, has obtained a Housing – Alterations and Additions award within the NZIA Auckland Structure Awards.

The NZIA jury praised the “array of ‘changes’ performed out throughout the unique home over a few years”.

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“In all places are moments of considerate consideration and experimentation, but additionally accumulation, that enables the home to echo deeply the shifting nature of its house owners’ lived collaboration.

The project has also won a Resene Color Award.

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The undertaking has additionally gained a Resene Shade Award.

The jury mentioned the home was “wealthy in idiosyncratic envelope shifts, cellular components, sudden interconnections, and an affable transforming of entrance, again and facet yards” and provides “an totally compelling imaginative and prescient of place-remaking”.

‘Not about photo-ready tidiness’

Bossley has additionally admitted the home shouldn’t be about “photo-ready tidiness”. “It’s about residing in consolation with architectural delights: the central toilet with a view by means of to the backyard, the way in which early morning shadows look throughout the ply and GRC fireplace encompass, the informally hung artworks, the wavy handrail up the irregular entry steps… …”

The architect says the house is constantly changing with no “end-game” in sight.

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The architect says the home is continually altering with no “end-game” in sight.

Shade performs a robust function, assuring the undertaking additionally obtained a Resene Shade Award, with the Resene judges saying: “Color is a medium that skillfully underscores the advanced spatiality deployed by each the architect and artist occupants of this excellent home alteration.

“Orange, inexperienced, pink, blue – all over the place they splendidly work together to nuance and intensify the each day patterns of life performed out right here.”

Bossley says the brand new extensions are designed as “floating planes of color, clad in fibre-cement sheet with uncovered fixings, to establish new components from earlier iterations”.

“Internally, silver beech plywood and GRC (glass fibre-reinforced concrete) have been used to create streams of identification flowing by means of the prevailing areas.”

The interior is flooded with light and colour.

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The inside is flooded with mild and color.

Bossley says there has been no desire to make the rooms consistent.  Different skirting details, for example, suggest different periods of construction.


Bossley says there was no want to make the rooms constant. Completely different skirting particulars, for instance, recommend completely different intervals of development.

The living room flows out to the elevated deck.

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The lounge flows out to the elevated deck.

The ground-floor studio also has a strong connection with the outdoors.

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The bottom-floor studio additionally has a robust reference to the outside.

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