Hobson Bay: sleek, modern medium-density design

The impressive view from Paritai Drive across Hobson Bay is a defining feature of Construkt’s latest Auckland residential project.

Principal architect Madushin Amarasekera confirms plans for four standalone, high-end units – on one of the most prestigious streets in the country – are currently awaiting resource consent.

Construkt’s brief was to develop the concept design for a suite of luxury, medium-density residences – a contemporary take on suburban living.

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The 300m2 three-storey units each comprise four bedrooms and two living areas and are designed to maximise natural light and the stunning outlook. Construkt’s biggest challenge was working within the constraints of the steep, south-facing site: the design team needed to balance the desire to capture the views to the exposed south with the need to ensure comfort and warmth.

Construkt tackled the difficult site contours through design. All units’ living areas are on the same level, which celebrate the views across Hobson Bay to Mt Eden, the city, Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. The living spaces are characterised by their open access to the outdoors – glass doors on both the north and south façades promote the flow of air and light. High ceilings, limited walls in living areas and fewer, but larger, bedrooms achieve quality space throughout.

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The inner units’ bedrooms sit on the top floor with elevated city views. Meanwhile, the flanking units’ bedrooms reside below the living areas, due to height and boundary considerations, and look out onto a private garden setting.

Privacy is a high priority in the upmarket neighbourhood, reflected in the modern aesthetic of the units. The sleek design recedes neatly from the street front, sheltered by the trees surrounding the property.

Construkt selected a muted pallet and simple, robust materials, which complement the overall design.

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Bush-hammered concrete, steel-ribbed cladding, glass and timber work together to create a strong, contemporary aesthetic, carefully chosen for their harmonious texture and low maintenance – concrete is quick to work with and steel needs little upkeep.

Once resource consent is granted, the project will progress to detailed design and building consent, with a view to starting the build within 12 months.