The Bourke House by Pacific Environments
The Bourke House is located in the hills above Buckleton Bay on a prominent peninsular in a rural coastal environment, in Matakana, New Zealand and it has been designed by Peter Eising & Lucy Gauntlett from Pacific Environments Architects. The house was constructed on the idea of the original family summer cottage based on the essence of long summer holidays, activities, collections, connections and stories.
This amazing family retreat was build in order to experience the nature maximising sea-views. The central space is formed by linked pavilions that provide comfort and protection and being an open space it easily connects with the land. The closed pavilion offers the privacy needed in some moments of the day.
Like it was expected for opening up, experiencing, connecting there were used large sliding glass doors. This was a very important aspect because being a weekend retreat on the seaside it was essential to feel sea breezes, reflections and sea-change personalities, moonlight and sun and in the same time to be protected.
The house uses as much as possible the natural energies for cooling, heating, utilising solar hot-water, rainwater-recycling. The owners wanted to move in permanently, no one could resist to use this gorgeous residence only for a weekend.