TOWN & COUN­TRY

Two de­vel­op­ments plumb the mar­ket for good de­sign

HOME Magazine NZ - - Contents - skhy.org CHESHIRE AR­CHI­TECTS ARE BE­HIND THE SEC­OND PHASE OF AN EX­CIT­ING AUCK­LAND APART­MENT DE­VEL­OP­MENT.

This is what well-de­signed denser liv­ing can look like. Now that Cheshire Ar­chi­tects’ con­ver­sion of a 1970s tower on Auck­land’s Khy­ber Pass Road to an apart­ment build­ing is well un­der way, the build­ing’s de­vel­op­ers, La­mont & Co, are turn­ing their at­ten­tion to the precinct around it.

Led by Pip Cheshire, the ar­chi­tec­tural team be­hind SKHY2 has de­signed a mix­ture of one­and two-bed­room apart­ments in three build­ings (a fourth, at the site’s south­east­ern corner, will host com­mer­cial ten­ants) that will turn their backs on the busy street (be­low right) and be ar­ranged to cre­ate a shel­tered gen­er­ous court­yard at their heart. Th­ese are far from stan­dard-is­sue shoe­boxes: some are clev­erly planned over two lev­els, and all will have ter­races fac­ing north or west with views over the shared space at their cen­tre (as shown in the ren­der­ing be­low left). The cen­tral city is easy walk­ing dis­tance away, mak­ing cars un­nec­es­sary for many of the res­i­dents. With de­signs like this, city liv­ing is start­ing to look bet­ter and bet­ter.

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