Located at the corner of Forth and Union Street in Dunedin, the original single storey building was a combined dairy and café, with no service court or licence for pavement use and had limited operational hours. It was dated in appearance and needed to be replaced.
The client brief was to design and develop the potential of the site to maximize the return on investment with a new building including a café, dairy and apartments that reflected a combination of commercial, industrial and residential use and character.
Gary Todd designed a new building, of mixed use, incorporating four separate individual rental tenancies. It was decided this was the best potential land use for the site and a way to generate income for the client, it also gave them the option to sell the apartments individually in the future.
The end result is a building that has enhanced the existing community facilities, with a café, dairy, shared service court, pavement use licence and extended operational hours. Two residential apartments also provide additional income.
The architectural rectangular form of the building is modulated with exposed steel grids to include the upper level decks and open pergolas to frame the required outdoor living amenity space and step back the bulk of the building to reduce shade and dominance on adjacent residential properties. The commercial use at street level is defined by black aluminium walls as a backdrop for signage and glazing to the café and dairy. The cladding to the apartments on middle and upper levels is weathered cedar to reflect their residential use and the character of nearby residential properties.
ADNZ judges were enthusiastic about the design commenting that the rigorous steel grid frames a lively mix of uses on a Dunedin street corner.
“It elevates daily living and exemplifies a much-needed urban typology. The designer has done a superb job and taken their client on a journey that exceeds standards. This design achieves urban context. It demonstrates sustainability and living sustainably in an urban environment including family living on the top floors.”
Gregory Watts, CEO of Architectural Designers New Zealand, said the project should be held up as an example of what is possible in the mixed-use space.
“How exciting to see a project that could have been uninspiring go in the opposite direction. Gary Todd has been innovative, creative and most importantly considerate to the community and the desires of the client. A superb project.” said Watts.
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