TOWN & COUNTRY
Two developments plumb the market for good design
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.