This week defign.blog has selected the award winning Thompson Park Apartments to focus on because of their standout design principles.
Sustainable practice and design aesthetics triumph over budget in this multi-unit adaption of an old Mercury Energy building in Auckland’s Mt Wellington.
ADNZ’s judging panel described the $27 million project designed by Mark McLeay of Creative Arch, as ‘a credible solution to a complex pressing problem and a step in the evolution of urban living in New Zealand’.
Initially it was deemed uneconomic to retain the existing structure in creating the proposed Thompson Park Apartments. However the creative solution to layout – as a result of sustainable adaptive re-use – sets it apart from other apartment developments in Auckland City.
“Although it was more cost effective to build new, our sustainable practice and design considerations determined the lower two floors of the existing structure could be retained,” says Mark McLeay, Director of Creative Arch. “It was possible to create 104 one and two-bedroom apartments, most of which have sizeable balconies.”
Rough precast concrete panels, vertical black aluminium screening and soft cedar colours work together to moderate the development’s scale and settle it into a suburban context.
Each unit is designed for light, outlook and privacy, yet opportunities for neighbourliness are offered throughout the complex, with the inclusion of generous formal and informal community spaces.
This stunning development demonstrates that “the old” does not need to be destroyed to make way for “the new”.
ADNZ CEO Astrid Andersen told defign.blog it is an honour for ADNZ to be able to showcase the talent of New Zealand architects and architectural designers.
"As an organisation we are delighted we can give these designers the recognition they deserve, especially in 2016; this year we celebrate our 50th anniversary. For those who win an award it has the potential to catapult their career," says Astrid.
Well done to all the winners!
2016 AUCKLAND/NORTHLAND REGIONAL AWARD WINNERS
Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award and Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award
Lucerne Home by Allan McIntosh of Buildology
Residential New Home between 150sqm-300sqm Architectural Design Award and Resene Colour in Design Award
Fraser House by Darren O’Neil of O’Neil Architecture
Commercial/Industrial Architectural Design Award
Lot 2 Milner Ave by Grant Bindon of Bindon Design Group Ltd
Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award
Thompson Park Apartments by Mark McLeay of Creative Arch
Residential New Home over 300sqm Commended
Day Residence by Mark McLeay of Creative Arch
Lake House by David Maurice of LTD Architectural
2016 Auckland/Northland Re-clad Regional Award
Reawaking Jellicoe Road by Tony Pilkington of Sketch Architecture