New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/6 - Page 101

Left:The pixellated facade is sympathetic to both the adjoining parkland and the hard-edged urban nature of the rail corridor. Interspersed with the more monolithic towers in plain fairfaced concrete, the coloured concrete elements separate the four buildings visually, relieving the overall mass. The concrete will be left to weather naturally, which will enhance its textures and tones. Right:The open spaces between the buildings are gathering places for students. Glazed stairwells help to animate the facade. reference the park. But there was also an obligation to create a gateway to Parnell and the rail station, so the buildings needed to be extremely robust, low maintenance and of a highly durable design. The pixellated facade, consisting of honed concrete, exposed aggregate and fair-faced concrete panels, evolved from these references.” Joe says the gradient of the textures on the panels provides visual depth and variety, and mimics elements of the natural landscape. The colours will deepen and the stone chip textures become more pronounced as the panels weather. “The colours bring a warmth to the development. But we contrasted this visual warmth with more urban and bold monolithic boxes.” The exterior is also animated by glazed circulation areas and stairwells. And, although the internal planning of the apartments is regular and efficient, the pop-out windows are manipulated to provide variation and movement across the facades. This ensures each building has a high degree of articulation, with depth and shadow, and a sense of human scale and proportion. The architect says the development needed to be intensive to be cost efficient. But this didn’t mean good design was compromised. SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT 99