Going (slightly) up in Onehunga ON THE MOVE
A proposed apartment complex does density smartly How do you get around?
Apartments are not just for the central city: Auckland’s housing shortage means we need welldesigned denser accommodation in more places than that. And there are encouraging signs that Auckland apartment buildings won’t need to “get a bit ugly”, as Bill English once suggested, or ruin lower-density neighbourhoods. Case in point: This development planned for Onehunga Mall by Isthmus Group slots 50 apartments onto sites that once held just three dwellings. The proposed four-storey building will have a central pedestrian street leading to a landscaped plaza and gardens that, it is hoped, will provide a social hub for the complex. Project architect Scott Donnell says the floor plates will be expressed as projecting ‘ribbons’, with deep balconies referencing the terracing evident on nearby Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) and Te Pane-oMataoho (Mangereˉ Mountain). The properties are expected to go to market soon.