Architect’s own home renovation scores a hit with NZIA judges

Auckland architect Pete Bossley’s have residence renovation has caught the eye of his peers – the venture has been awarded a Housing – Alterations and Additions Award in this year’s NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards.

Bossley, who shares the household with his spouse, artist Miriam van Wezel, describes the job as “a tale of loving iterations built to accommodate increasing and contracting relatives and guests”.

He says it is a position that has been frequently acquiring more than 20 several years, devoid of ever obtaining an “end-game” in sight. “It has gone from three bedrooms to four, back again to three bedrooms and workspace, and could well revert to four bedrooms if expected.”

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.


Fife Dwelling, architect Pete Bossley’s individual residence that he shares with husband or wife Miriam van Wezel, has received a Housing – Alterations and Additions award in the NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards.

The NZIA jury praised the “array of ‘adjustments’ performed out across the unique household about several years”.

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“Everywhere are moments of thoughtful thing to consider and experimentation, but also accumulation, that let the home to echo deeply the shifting mother nature of its owners’ lived collaboration.

The project has also won a Resene Colour Award.


The undertaking has also received a Resene Colour Award.

The jury claimed the residence was “rich in idiosyncratic envelope shifts, cellular aspects, unpredicted interconnections, and an affable remodeling of front, back again and aspect yards” and features ”an utterly persuasive vision of spot-remaking”.

‘Not about photo-prepared tidiness’

Bossley has also admitted the house is not about “photo-all set tidiness”. “It is about living in consolation with architectural delights: the central bathroom with a watch by means of to the backyard, the way early morning shadows look throughout the ply and GRC fireplace surround, 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.


The architect states the household is continuously altering with no “end-game” in sight.

Colour performs a sturdy job, assuring the venture also received a Resene Colour Award, with the Resene judges stating: “Colour is a medium that skilfully underscores the advanced spatiality deployed by each the architect and artist occupants of this superb dwelling alteration.

“Orange, environmentally friendly, crimson, blue – just about everywhere they splendidly interact to nuance and intensify the day-to-day designs of existence performed out right here.”

Bossley says the new extensions are intended as “floating planes of colour, clad in fibre-cement sheet with exposed fixings, to determine new features from earlier iterations”.

“Internally, silver beech plywood and GRC (glass fibre-reinforced concrete) have been made use of to create streams of identity flowing as a result of the present spaces.”

The interior is flooded with light and colour.


The interior is flooded with light and colour.

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


Bossley states there has been no desire to make the rooms steady. Different skirting aspects, for instance, propose different durations of construction.

The living room flows out to the elevated deck.


The living home flows out to the elevated deck.

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


The ground-flooring studio also has a sturdy relationship with the outdoor.