The supply of quality affordable housing remains a critical factor in Auckland’s growth. Creating better buildings that cost less is a challenge many Auckland architects are responding to. From the outset, this project has pursued exceptional design solutions delivered at an affordable cost.
Located in the Stonefields development at Mt Wellington, Verto provides a variety of one and two bedroom apartments, distributed over five levels. The 60 apartments were developed specifically for purchasers on a limited budget.
The apartment plans are very efficient while providing a sense of spaciousness, maximising natural light and cross ventilation. Vertical access is via two circulation cores to main access routes at each level which in turn connect via bridges to individual apartments. Apartments have either a courtyard or balcony and most are located to the northern façade where shading and privacy are provided by metal screening.
One of the key design challenges was the placement of the external circulation against the southern street edge – this was required to allow balconies to face north. Addressing the street edge with an otherwise utilitarian building element demanded an engaging facade treatment and again, metal screens were used. The composition of these screens in conjunction with lightweight balconies and elevated boardwalks create depth and shadow. While reducing the perceived mass of the building, the screens also ensure a high degree of external articulation.
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