I represented Queen City Law at the New Zealand Institute of Architects apartment design awards last week, where there was an impressive display of superb construction and property development projects. The Auckland Property Market is continuing its strong run despite cooling effects of the Reserve Banks move on rates.
I was probably only non Architect there I very much enjoy hanging with architects. The awards were held at Auckland Art Gallery and the new Unitary Plan was the subject of much debate and discussion. Some of the Apartment designs were outstanding, and its good to see the quality of Auckland’s housing stock improving with most new developments in the apartment space. However there was some controversy as a rustic-style timber-clad high rise apartment block, designed for a small Mt Eden site, has won a design competition to showcase more intensive Auckland building styles but a councillor has called the winning entry “cheap and shoddy”.Auckland Mayor Len Brown this afternoon said S3 Architects’ design for 11 Akepiro St, adjacent to the railway line and just off Dominion Rd, won the competition organised by the NZ Institute of Architects and developer Ockham Residential and supported by Auckland Council. But councillor Mike Lee said such apartments were not big enough for families and its exterior was ugly and not appropriate. “I can just see this getting mouldy. If we’re going to have high rise, they need to make it durable,” Lee said. Mike Lee’s comments made a lot of sense and I found myself in agreement with his perspective. Aucklanders remain sceptical about their city’s intensification, so the ball is with developers and architects and indeed the whole development team to challenge the boundaries and build the people what they want.
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