Studio Design + Architecture’s Team provided full architectural and interior design services for a new apartment development The Pines, in Bute Road. The development is a mixed-use complex, comprising 52 apartments with a mix of one and two bedroom units and commercial / retail space to street frontage as per the requirements of the district plan. Parking was required but not to the density of the neighbouring Norfolk due to changing council requirements.
This site proved challenging due to the steep incline to the North which required huge retaining walls to ensure adequate light for the very private rear apartments. In addition to this, the site wraps around a neighbouring owner’s property and this boundary needed to be structurally secured to appease the neighbour. We needed to increase the site density in this development to meet the budget and make it financially viable. The Pines is right next door to The Norfolk which we completed in 2014 which the developer found to be to be successful due to our understanding of the location, demographic and meeting the market with the right level of product.
The details of the two apartment developments are related but not the same – the Pines is an evolution of the Norfolk. The interiors are similar but the Pines has Ceasarstone kitchen tops and slightly larger kitchens due to client feedback and the colour schemes vary. The end result is an attractive, comfortable, well planned environment for apartment living
Orakei Village, Auckland
The Orakei Village concept was designed for one of Auckland’s most prestigious suburbs. As part of a bigger masterplan, the village consists of a residential building, with an additional building for 30 serviced apartments.
Overlooking the water, Studio Design + Architecture’s Team interpretation for this hotel and serviced apartments uses infinity pools which retain a continuous transition into the water of the adjacent peninsula. Timber and glass give off both a warmth and a coolness, mimicking the natural surrounds of the landscape with the blue of the water and sky. The unusual angles of the wooden panels which separate the glass sheets direct light according to the time of day, while the timber landscape elements combine with the facade to create one seamless community.
This new development is designed to be built over the Eastern Line of the Auckland Rail Network near Orakei Station. A promenade run’s along the water at the edge of the village for both community, guests and residents to enjoy.
Upper Hutt Valley Railway Station, Upper Hutt
The Hutt Valley railway station design has recently been unveiled by Wellington Regional Council. The station, designed by Studio Design + Architecture’s Team Wellington studio, will feature a naturally-lit 30-seat waiting room with a kiosk, ticket office, weather protection for bus users on the city frontage, public toilets, improved lighting and security cameras. This project is due to open in early 2016 and will cost NZ$3.5million.
The Norfolk, Bute Road
Studio Design + Architecture’s Team provided full architectural and interior design services for a new apartment development in Bute Road, in the exclusive Browns Bay, Auckland. The development is a mixed-use complex, comprising 42 apartments with a mix of one and two bedroom units and commercial / retail space to street frontage as per the requirements of the district plan.
Parking is provided at grade, on a partially lowered basement level and incorporates 64 parking spaces including two ADA parking.
The site is in the Business 12 zone of the North Shore District plan, which seeks to encourage higher density developments with a high standard of design. The project was designed to sit on the site so as to capture the sunlight along the eastern apartments in the morning and the western apartments in the afternoon.
The design offers style that is both modern and enduring. A minimal but strong palette of natural materials and colours has been selected to create an environment which is familiar and appealing.
The interiors offer both functionality and style; utilizing a combination of carpeted bedrooms with solid flooring in kitchens and living areas, and concealed LED downlights which are sustainable and low-maintenance. The Norfolk has been carefully designed by Studio Design + Architecture’s Team to provide an atmosphere that is comforting but sophisticated; immediately welcoming while also inviting personalization and ownership.
Wellington Convention Centre & Hotel, Wellington
Studio Design + Architecture’s Team have designed a conference centre and 5 star hotel proposal for Wellington. The state-of-the-art 4400 square-metre facility would be able to host up to 1200 conference delegates and have a banqueting capacity for up to 1450 people. In-theatre style seating would have up to 2500 in the largest space; and at the time of completion, the new venue would be the second-largest convention facility in the country.
The Convention Centre would be built along with a 165-room 5 star hotel on the site in Cable Street.
Latimer Squared, Christchurch
As part of an international design and build competition, Studio Design + Architecture’s Team partnered with New Zealand-based development firm Legacy to design and deliver a new place for living in Chistchurch’s Central City.
Following the 2010-11 earthquakes, designers and developers were invited to submit entries for a sustainable and commercially viable, medium density urban village for Christchurch, to inspire and excite a new generation of residents to live within the city.
The goal of the rebuild is to provide a variety of housing options and lifestyle choices based on the key principles of sustainability, affordability, innovation and a strong sense of community.
Studio Design + Architecture’s Team and Legacy’s design response, Latimer Squared, reflects the global trends reshaping our cities, as they concentrate at core and as knowledge-intensive industries create more inner-city jobs. Our design response opts for an integrated medium-high density housing solution incorporating live + work + play opportunities that are essential to growth and Christchurch’s rebuild effort.