Fab­ric of So­ci­ety

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

Simply You Living - - In Association With Lamont & Co -

As Auckland liv­ing be­comes in­creas­ingly dense, the need for green space is am­pli ed. 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, pri­vate court­yards and a land­scaped ‘pocket park’ shared with other res­i­dents.

The new de­vel­op­ment in­cludes ve build­ings of 239 low-rise apart­ments on a brown eld 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 Boƒa Miskell. The de­vel­op­ment’s ar­chi­tec­ture re„ects 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 diƒer­ent 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.”

Visit the dis­play suite at 11 Mt Eden Road. Open daily 11am-3pm

Right: Fab­ric of One­hunga is a new de­vel­op­ment that show­cases the best of apart­ment liv­ing – gen­er­ous spa­ces, nat­u­ral light and com­mu­nity green ar­eas. Be­low right: Nat­u­rally vented atri­ums that pro­vide ac­cess to apart­ments fea­ture glass and in­dus­tri­al­style join­ery. Be­low: Light-lled and leafy liv­ing puts life­style

qual­ity at the fore­front for apart­ment dwellers.

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