Tag Archives: Developer

Projects to develop land and buildings purely for commercial gain, harvesting return from land value

Park Hyatt Auckland

I’m a latecomer in the team at Bossley Architects working on this project – currently in Detail Design (Sept 2015). And probably for the next two years… until its completed.

Park Hyatt eveing from viaduct

Work on a $200 million luxury hotel on Auckland’s waterfront will start next year after the project was granted resource consent this week. Auckland Council’s Panuku Development Auckland branch made‚Ķ

Source: Go-ahead for $200m Auckland waterfront hotel – Property – NZ Herald News

Glenfield Mews

Developer housing, brownfield site.

Some houses designed in concept by Mahendra Daji – an old friend from ASC – and developed up to building consent and construction documentation by our small team for our then employer – a small developer on the North Shore. They are a speculative development, on a site plan laid out by a surveyor with little thought given to amenity or environment. The only criteria being lot size and vehicle access – even that was compromised by a number of problems with drainage and the steep road inclines and retaining required to fit the houses in.

Glenfield site aerial view

The houses were designed to be economical. They were very cheaply built with consented landscaping proposals ignored and colour schemes discarded! Having said that – they didn’t turn out too badly – if Auckland is lucky, developer led ‘densification’ in suburban areas might turn out like this. Sites need to be better planned and construction budgets higher to get better results.

Architecturally, this is rough stuff Рbut there is much added design value in the interiors, even when the section/lot sizes are really too small for the size of these detached houses. When working for the developer direct, their market and commercial considerations take precedence. These houses are built purely to harvest profit. We did our best to add amenity and opportunity for the purchasers, whilst making an effort to minimise overlooking and shade to close neighbours.