The Irresistible Burke House in New Zealand
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Pacific Environments Architects designed the contemporary Bourke House in the hills above Buckleton Bay, Matakana, New Zealand. It is a beautiful single story vacation home set in an exposed rural coastal environment with stunning sea views. It is a quite nature-friendly dwelling, with natural cooling, heating and ventilation systems, solar hot water systems, and recycled rainwater for drinking and cooking.
The owners of this sculptural house wanted a family retreat that would allow direct communication with nature, while also providing effective protection from the elements. The pavilions that make up the building are linked, offering both shelter and a free connection with the surroundings. The main pavilion is ideal for relaxation and eating, while the sleeping pavilion can be kept closed for full privacy.
Sliding glass doors blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, and so do the floors that extend towards the green grass. With warm, neutral interior colors and lovely contemporary decors, the Bourke House was initially built as a weekend and holiday retreat, but it eventually became its owner’s permanent dwelling. We have to say we’re not surprised at all! Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?