The Bourke House by Pacific Environments

March 29, 2011

Pacific Environments Architects have designed the Bourke House in the hills above Buckleton Bay, Matakana, New Zealand.


The Bourke House by Pacific Environments

The original family summer cottage relocated to next door made way for a new campsite – conceptual ‘tents’, formed as connected pavilions. Inspired by; and embodying intergenerational memories – the essence of long summer holidays, activities, collections, connections and stories

Site Conditions
An exposed, sensitive, rural coastal environment; positioned on a prominent peninsular with spectacular views complimenting the adjacent (and recently completed) Guesthouse and Boatshed; in a rural Kiwi vernacular.

Planning Outcomes
A family retreat, created to both experience (and be protected from) the elements and nature, providing a sustainable fulfilling lifestyle, and maximising sea-views.
The pavilions are linked, forming a protective backing to the central space – the ‘campsite heart’ – as a gathering space, providing comfort, protection and connection with the land and activities.

Main pavilion invites relaxation and nourishment, raised to acquaint with the coastal islands. Adjacent is the protective sleeping pavilion being adaptable for experiencing the ambience of the campsite and outlook; or being closed off for privacy.

The Form
Aotearoa, “the land of the long white cloud” is reflected in horizontal roof forms gently lifting in flight, lightly skimming the land, masts tensioning the wings.

Sliding glass doors enhance the spaces for opening up, experiencing, connecting. There’s no holding back, just feeling what is – sea breezes, reflections and sea-change personalities, moonlight and sun; whilst being secure from storms.

Polished concrete aggregates, texture and patterning – contrasting, solidity and enduring. Neutral interiors provide an inviting backdrop, native timbers salvaged from the seashore, eclectic collections personalising and connecting to the heart.
Splashes of red – from New Zealand’s native pacific pohutukawa tree – represents the Christmas flower of joy and celebration – a client favourite.

Natural Energies
At one with Mother Nature, utilising her energies for cooling, heating, utilising solar hot-water, rainwater-recycling – for nourishing, refreshing, honouring the earth.

Originally briefed as a weekend retreat, the energy of the home has enticed the owners to move in permanently. Happy holidays!

Architects : Peter Eising & Lucy Gauntlett of Pacific Environments

Photographer : Lucy Gauntlett