A new de­vel­op­ment de­signed with the out­doors in mind demon­strates that liv­ing smaller doesn’t mean go­ing with­out.

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As Auck­land liv­ing be­comes in­creas­ingly dense, the need for green space is am­pli­fied. How­ever, few Auck­land de­vel­op­ments have suc­cess­fully trans­lated apart­ment liv­ing to the in­ner sub­urbs. A new way for­ward can be found at Fab­ric of One­hunga. Where res­i­dents might once have had big back yards, out­door liv­ing ar­eas at Fab­ric are split be­tween gen­er­ous bal­conies and a land­scaped ‘pocket park’ shared with other res­i­dents. The new de­vel­op­ment in­cludes five build­ings of 239 low-rise apart­ments on a brown­field site. The ap­proach does dou­ble duty – as well as pro­vid­ing much-needed out­door space, the de­sign breaks down the bulk of what would oth­er­wise be a large build­ing in a low-rise sub­ur­ban area. The de­sign is by Ashton Mitchell Ar­chi­tects, with land­scap­ing by Boffa Miskell. The de­vel­op­ment’s ar­chi­tec­ture re­flects the site’s light-in­dus­trial her­itage, with build­ings wrapped in black steel cladding, high­lighted by black join­ery and tim­ber de­tail­ing. Each build­ing has nat­u­rally ven­ti­lated glass atri­ums and pedes­trian bridge struc­tures for ac­cess to apart­ments. It’s the an­tithe­sis of the thought­less boxy apart­ments that are oth­er­wise found in the city’s sub­urbs. “We re­ally wanted to cre­ate some­thing dif­fer­ent with this project,” says Tim La­mont, of devel­op­ers La­mont & Co. “We’ve worked care­fully with our ar­chi­tects and plan­ners to cre­ate a true com­mu­nity feel­ing that pro­motes neigh­bourli­ness in ur­ban liv­ing.” Above Fab­ric of One­hunga is a new de­vel­op­ment that show­cases the best of apart­ment liv­ing – gen­er­ous spa­ces, nat­u­ral light and com­mu­nity green ar­eas.

Be­low Light-filled and leafy liv­ing puts life­style qual­ity at the fore­front for apart­ment dwellers.

Right Nat­u­rally vented atri­ums that pro­vide ac­cess to apart­ments fea­ture glass and in­dus­trial-style join­ery.

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