Buckley Precinct B – Superlot BB09


Buckley Precinct B – Superlot BB09


STATUS: Completed

LOCATION: Hobsonville, Auckland


The brief from Universal Homes Ltd for BB9 was to deliver:
– A yield of 45 terraced homes of varying sizes,
– A mixture of 2 storey housing typologies, with 2-3 bedrooms, to meet a range of different buyers needs and offer architecture variety, and
– 30% as affordable Axis units, 50% as median priced units, and the remaining 20% open to market.

The 2 storey, terraced form of the development has been designed to maintain the residential character of the neighbourhood. The buildings are split into 8 blocks of terraces and the outcome is varied yet consistent street frontages appropriate for the Hobsonville setting.

The proposed development adapts to the rolling contour of the existing landform, having lots stepped up/down accordingly. Such approach provides visual interest in the broad streetscape, optimises the earthworks onsite, and emphasises the natural environment in height and scale.

Building frontages have been designed to be rhythmic in materiality, modulations and setbacks from the street. There are three street and one park frontage this
the development enjoys and it seeks to offer each frontage with activation by positioning window openings, balconies and pedestrian access onto the street where suitable. These frontages are further articulated by a mixture of screening devices such permeable fencing and planting.

Nugget Avenue is the most prominent frontage for the site. The setbacks for Lots 1-10 follow the curve of the street and pull back at the park entry. This creates a strong visual anchor at this corner of the site.

The architectural character of the development has been carefully designed to ensure that it fits within the aspirations of the Buckley B context. The architecture is contemporary and varied, and comprises of materials and forms that have a vibrant character, that is in keeping with the surrounding context. Roof forms and contrasting colours are used to break down the massing within blocks and articulate them prominent and recessive forms of each unit.


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