Botanica

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About this Project

Located in the heart of Mt Eden, between the CBD and Mt Eden village; Botanica is central to the proposed inner city rail link, and in zone for Auckland Boys Grammar School.

This modern example of sustainable living comes in the form of sixty-seven units. The ground floor and level one feature two and three bedroom terraces each with their own private garden courtyards, with the above three levels being single level apartments – featuring one, two and three bedroom options.

One of the key focuses of the project was to have a strong green element. This is carried out through vibrant gardens, the relationship between the indoors and outdoors and the use of raw materials. The project’s eco-driven architecture earned it the design working title of “uncooked muesli” – it’s healthy, raw and fruity.

These ‘uncooked’ materials include the use of off-form concrete and timber finishes, and what can be described as ‘tweedy’ interior materials; a balance of earthy tones and raw materials. The exterior features a galvanised steel frame which ‘pockets’ the protruding balconies, providing strength and utility; enabling climbing vines to ensue.

Comprising of ten percent affordable housing and designed to a high standard in terms of environmental and thermal considerations, Botanica also achieves a ‘Homestar 6’ rating.

Details

Client Residentiae Limited

Location 30-40 Enfield Street
Mt Eden
Auckland
New Zealand

Completion date October 2017


Design

Technique

Botanica Apartment Interior

Apartment Interior

Botanica Bathroom Ensuite

Botanica Bathroom Ensuite

Botanica Kitchen

Botanica Kitchen

Botanica Living and Balcony

Botanica Living and Balcony


Sean Belling
The combination of raw materials, the lattice framework and the intricate planting scheme make this a unique residential address in central Auckland.
Sean Belling
Architectural Graduate
Richard Goldie2
“The design has been driven by the notion of ‘uncooked muesli’. By this we mean the accent on natural elements – natural materials, a healthy, rehabilitating design and a strong emphasis on the gardens that will occupy both the perimeter and the centre of the building. Additionally, plant types have been chosen to provide variety throughout the seasons including flowers and herbs.”
Richard Goldie
Director
Botanica Courtyard Terrace

Botanica Terrace

Botanica Street

Strong Green Element


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