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Fold House

Bossley Architects

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Symone Garvett

Project Name

Fold House

Project Status


Year Completed



12,916 sq. feet



  • Pete Bossley
  • Peter Sisam


  • Construction Manager: Lindesay Construction

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Project Description


This is the latest in a series of houses we have designed based on the idea of “encampment”, which develop the contours to create open kiwi version of a walled garden.

This house is located on a site in the Omarino development in the Bay of Islands, which we have been designing for almost 10 years, from original concept through to the main recreational and infrastructure buildings. The original derelict farm has been converted with sensitive landscaping and the planting of over one million trees.

The large footprint generated by the client’s requirements is divided into three separate buildings surrounding an “open courtyard” which draws the space of the beach up the valley and into the overall composition. The gathering of elements complements the poetic form of the bay and enhances the context.

This is a generous house to accommodate extended family and friends without feeling cramped. The largest element contains the family living and bedroom areas, whilst the medium element accommodates guests. Between the two is an independent lounge for movies or teenage gatherings.

Iconic triangulated roofs ‘float’ over the spaces. Poplar plywood ceilings create soft shifts of light and animate the spaces, utilizing the constantly shifting skyscapes. Overhangs vary to provide effective solar control. Roof modulations reflect the rolling hills of the surrounding valley, designed to fit under the regulated 5m maximum height. Floors gently change level to follow the contours of the bay, and there are a number of places to be outside either in or out of the sun and breeze.

Materials: in-situ concrete, vertical cedar irregular module boarding, silver anodised aluminium with double glazing, plywood ceiling and yellow cedar soffits, membrane roofing.

Potable water is collected in tanks up the hill which are protected by 90sqm of photo voltaic panels for power generation.
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