When Ian Thrush from Parallel Architecture embarked on renovations to his family’s Whangaparaoa home, he certainly didn’t expect it to turn into an almost full re-build!. “The best aspect of our new home is that it is truly low maintenance. And we also love the indoor-outdoor flow” - read the full story to learn more about this transformation.
Designed with lifestyle in mind
When opportunity arose to build his own home, Auckland Architectural Designer Richard Furze embraced the challenge by first rethinking the idea of what ‘home’ meant for him and his family and in doing so, introduced a new element into the efficiency equation – building with lifestyle in mind.
Innovation delivers high-density solution
In times of crisis, the best solutions are often the result of creative and lateral thinking, where traditional views are challenged and resulting outcomes exceed expectations. Such an opportunity was presented to Resolution Design Architectural, when they partnered with Clarke Group to help address the accommodation shortage in Auckland.
Taking a “customer first” view is at the heart of the design process says Director Sunil Bakshi. “Resolution Design specialise in multi-unit development and challenge the model of conventional building solutions, without compromising useability, comfort and safety to deliver a new model of affordable housing.”
Affordable Housing Development
Auckland has a significant and well publicised shortage of affordable housing stock for sale and rent. Clarke Group Limited, identified this need in 2012 and since that time, has developed 11 residential rental complexes totalling some 500 studio bedrooms.
57 Henderson Valley Road, Auckland is one such development, a large affordable housing development of 18 unit titles, each comprising of a generous sized apartment, containing four studio style ensuited bedrooms, all set in a secured and landscaped environment.
Project architect, Sunil Bakshi of Resolution Design says that 57 Henderson Valley Road is a very unique site, surrounded on one side of the site by industrial buildings and another by residential standalone houses in an otherwise urban center.
“The design came together with three buildings centered around an internal private park space. On this particular site, we could go to three stories and be able to take advantage of the landscape – to be part of the city while also looking over it,” Bakshi says.
As well as the scale of construction, Bakshi says that long-term maintenance of the site was a critical consideration and Dynex PALLISIDE® was selected for the weatherboards.
“Traditional architectural features played an important role, and that led us down the path of choosing materials that would last, and achieve the balance between a traditional look and a modern approach to architecture.
“Once you're looking at buildings that are 60-70 meters wide, 30-40 meters long, three stories minimum, you really do have to consider what's going to achieve a residential finish, so the end user feels comfortable in the space, as well as building longevity.
“What's fascinating about uPVC PALLISIDE® is it has that traditional weatherboard look and there's no painting work at all,” Bakshi says.
“Once it's up, you can take down the scaffolding and it's done. And at this scale, that's a feature that, not just from a design point of view, but from our client's point of view, is a major winner, a huge benefit!” he said.
Another consideration when selecting cladding materials was, how to achieve the end look while maintaining fire safety. From a compliance standpoint, 57 Henderson Valley Road faced the highest fire rating requirements that Bakshi had to achieve. “And we hit that,” he said.
Bakshi says that through a combination of considered design, engineering and material selection, the project achieved the highest rating of fire resistance, with PALLISIDE® delivering the advantages of lightweight cladding, easy maintenance, and large profile sheets.
“Choosing the right materials is truly a commitment for the life of the building. Given that PALLISIDE® is made locally, it's made for New Zealand conditions, it's going to maintain the look and finish it did at the start of the project.
“Due to the success we've had with PALLISIDE® on a development of this scale, both aesthetically and through the architectural notions we are trying to achieve, we are using this product in a number of our other developments, and we're going to continue to use it on other projects. It's just a great product for a project of this nature,” Bakshi said.