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Pete Bossley - Heatly house, Bay of Islands

Pete Bossley Heatly house, Bay of Islands

One of my favourite Kiwi baches here. Pete has come up with an island retreat he describes as a base camp for exploring, half way between the wilderness/open waters, and the hustle and bustle of the townhouse.

Located here, extending north, the house takes in easterly views of the smaller islands in the bay and westerly sunsets, on sheltered rear decks.

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As you head down the 8 levels of the house (as each wall between the rooms divides the long structure, there's a couple of stairs) the decks widen as do the overhangs covering them to protect the midday diners. The clear open views out either side of the house are great and the wooden rafters and trussing add detail to the simple lines of the house. Being on an island, the house was prefabricated and shipped in, prompting the use of timber, a staple on mainland New Zealand anyway and befitting of the surrounding cabbage trees and native bush.

So lets walk up the levels of the hous…

Patkau Architects - Shaw House

Patkau Architects
Shaw House
Here's a quick reference to a northern hemisphere version of the Road to Farellones house.

Similarly the pool is built into the second floor, but in this case, the entry is right underneath it. Windows in the bottom of the pool allow light to ripple across the doorway and entrance porch. The galvanised steel, concrete and light timber exterior combines, and no doubt will age, well.

I really like this and the slat covered loft boxes, housing the tall bedroom and study/guest room. There's plenty of room for jumping on the bed, and the fact that they're tall makes up for these rooms being moderate in size. Downstairs, separate living dining and kitchen areas in sequence as you head back from the sunken lounge and views to the harbour (the kitchen is behind a sliding door, seen opened and closed in the shots). Finally, right at the back of the house, as all bachelor pads should, it's got space for the weekday car and the weekend race car (double ga…

Nuñez + Valdes - Road to Farellones house

Nuñez + Valdes
Casa Camino a Farellones
Time for another thank you, this time to Plataforma Arquitectura, the best source of information on architecture in Chile. They've kindly allowed me to translate their residential posts which enables me to bring you some fantastic Chilean works.
I'll let their posts do the talking, save to say I love the way the living/dining room is wide open and the pool in the centre of the house!
Article by:Carlos J Vial
Location: Road to Farellones, Santiago, Chile
Architects: Max Núñez B., Bernardo Valdés E.
Collaborating Architect: Nicolás del Río L.
Plot size
: 7000 square metres
Built area: 230 square metres
Year designed: 2004/2005
Built: 2005/2006
Via: &

The land is located on the Northern slope of the pre-Andean valley of the Mapocho river. It faces a wildlife sanctuary to the north and has unhindered views to the Pochoco Hill, La Paloma y El Altar peaks. On the plot, two disperse…

Marcio Kogan - Mirindiba House

Marcio Kogan
Mirindiba House

Well here's a house that I'm really delighted to have on my site.
Thanks to the grace of Marcio Kogan and his team I bring you images of one of his latest residential designs. I hope to feature more of his work soon and if you're in São Paulo be sure to say in the Hotel Fasano (designed I believe jointly by Marcio Kogan and Isay Weinfeld). Nelson Kon is the great photographer. This urban house combines dark natural Brazilian hardwood, concrete and vernacular stonework in the open planned style that I love to see. Progressing up the house: stone, concrete framed and then totally wood clad forms are thoughtfully placed.

First up you'll note those fantastic spans and openings. Marcio pushes the boundaries with industrial size spans of pillarless windows all around. Forming the backbone, structurally and visually, of the house is a thick stone clad wall, perforated as well by large spans of glass. This seems to provide a divide between the outside …