Tag Archives: Suburban

Projects located in outer urban areas, but still within urban networks

Small Projects

Small projects completed in Auckland – most were built, but some were not.

Additional images and more projects to follow

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.

Matipo House

Refurbishment feasiblity study for a family house; to maintain comfort, value and refresh the interior fit-out, without spending much money!

House Refurbishment | Auckland | 2012

The project deliverable was a design feasibility report, outlining a clear priority list of maintenance, and replacement items, to achieve the maximum benefit from minimal expenditure. A scheme was prepared for replacing the kitchen, and re-modelling the living area.

Project Forrester

Project Forrester : A high security Banking Datacentre

Project Forrester | Auckland | 2008-2009

SK: BECA Design architect, Job architect.

Industrial scale facility for the delivery of business critical banking data services to the Pacific region. Multiple redundancy power supply systems, allowing operations to continue if the local grid fails, or during a volcanic event.  The layout of the building was driven by the need to minimise the length of cable runs, and limit noise breakout to the surrounding suburban housing. 100 CCTV cameras keep the facility well monitored. The site includes numerous measures to resist anyone trying to attack the building with a gun, a bomb or a vehicle.

Fast-track design and build programme, including a detailed plan for future expansion of the facility.