Green ar­chi­tec­ture

En­ergy ef­fi­cient hous­ing

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Ris­ing from the blank can­vas that is the land be­hind the North Wharf at Wyn­yard Quar­ter will be an ecode­vel­op­ment of 500-600 apart­ments, townhouses and du­plexes of var­i­ous sizes and price points.

De­vel­oped by Wil­lis Bond, the five sites are to be de­signed by renowned New Zealand ar­chi­tects and will reach full build out by 2024.

In a per­fect world this bold­ness to em­brace more sus­tain­able build­ing and living mea­sures would be mar­ket driven. In the case of Wyn­yard Quar­ter, it is largely due to the vi­sion set by the landowner and mas­ter­plan­ner of the wider area, Wa­ter­front Auck­land.

Drawing on its sta­tus as a pub­li­cally owned devel­op­ment agency, Wa­ter­front Auck­land has taken a largely cus­to­dial, hand-ons ap­proach to Wyn­yard Quar­ter with a fo­cus of push­ing bound­aries in de­sign and public amenity.

De­sign has al­ready sig­nif­i­cantly pro­gressed on two sites with con­struc­tion ex­pected to begin later this year.

The first site, to be called Wyn­yard Cen­tral, over­looks the re­cently de­vel­oped Daldy Street Park. It con­sists of free-stand­ing, pav­il­ion-like struc­tures over­look­ing the park, ter­raced houses de­vel­oped over three lev­els and an apart­ment block.

The sec­ond site is fea­tures a sig­na­ture build­ing over­look­ing Viaduct Har­bour.

Once com­pleted the Wyn­yard Quar­ter res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment will be the first of its scale in New Zealand to com­pre­hen­sively tar­get a Homes­tar 7 rat­ing for sus­tain­abil­ity.

New be­hav­iours will be en­cour­aged through in­trin­sic de­sign of the build­ings but also in in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to re­cy­cling, wa­ter and en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and gen­er­a­tion, walk­ing and cy­cling ameni­ties, car park­ing and trans­port.

De­sign de­tails are yet to be fully con­firmed but pro­posed sus­tain­abil­ity mea­sures to date in­clude: • In­ves­ti­gat­ing the pro­vi­sion of pooled cars which will be able to be booked by res­i­dents. Bike racks and pro­vi­sion of ca­pac­ity for recharg­ing electrics cars. Build­ings care­fully de­signed to max­imise sun­light and day­light. Vast ma­jor­ity of light­ing (up to 95%) in­tended to be low en­ergy LED fit­tings with a cen­tral smart light­ing switch. • A sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the un­shaded up­per roof of

apart­ments has been made avail­able for a so­lar ar­ray, with a plan for the ar­rays to be ded­i­cated in part to the elec­tri­cal re­quire­ments for the com­mon ar­eas. • As per Homes­tar re­quire­ments, there’ll be a sep­a­ra­tion of gen­eral, mixed re­cy­cling and or­ganic waste within each apart­ment. Ur­ban agri­cul­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties via bal­conies to max­imise on-site food pro­duc­tion. In ad­di­tion there is po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ing a communal food grow­ing fa­cil­ity/city farm el­e­ment in the precinct.

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