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An iconic Grey Lynn villa, set back from the road behind a towering Queen Anne Palm, underwent a sensitive renovation and classically contemporary extension that allows the original form of the villa to remain a statement while creating tall, light-filled living spaces in the private garden. The concept for the extension was to create a series of pavilion forms, like you would see on a country estate. At the same time the generous proportions and height of a villa are reinterpreted in a modern way.

The first pavilion houses the main bedroom suite over service spaces, the second holds the kitchen and dining spaces, with a high, dramatic ceiling, capturing the north sun through high-level glazing. The final pavilion is the garden room, the only part of the new extension that is visible from the road. This space is for quiet reflection, with views of gardens on both sides, and opens up with strong connections to the back garden and pool.

Photography by Michelle Weir, Studio Weir.

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Bourke Architects has a strong focus on quality and a passion for good design. As a boutique practice, we have a strong individual focus on each project. We work collaboratively with our clients to achieve the home that they have always wanted. We design thoughtful, liveable, residential spaces from concept to completion.

We strive to exceed expectations both in design and functionality.   Our houses respond to the seasons, working in sympathy with the surrounding environment. Careful thought is put into how spaces are occupied and the selection and crafting of materials in each building. Attention to detail is a high priority throughout all stages of the design, documentation, and construction process.  Sustainability is of real interest to us and is considered in the design decisions that we make.

Bourke Architects collaborate with a highly skilled team of professionals to ensure the smooth delivery of the project from the initial brief to after the house is occupied. We have good relationships with a number of specialist residential builders, engineers, interior designers, and landscape architects.