1 frankton queenstown affordable housing
2 section landscape hill aw
3 diagram view shaft principles
4 site plan architecture workshop
5 stair model circulation exterior
6 building elements exploded perspective PM
7 exterior access apartments
8 living room view queenstown
10 frankton rural horizontal elevation
11 winter crop wakitipu basin
1 frankton queenstown affordable housing
2 section landscape hill aw
3 diagram view shaft principles
4 site plan architecture workshop
5 stair model circulation exterior
6 building elements exploded perspective PM
7 exterior access apartments
8 living room view queenstown
10 frankton rural horizontal elevation
11 winter crop wakitipu basin

Frankton Affordable Apartments | Queenstown | 2004

This 11,400m2 residential site in Frankton with its scenic backdrop offers an innovative solution to meet Queenstown's now urgent demand for affordable housing. The raised ground floor with car parking and storage underneath, generates 46 dwellings per hectare (as compared to standard NZ suburban densities of 15-25 dwellings per hectare). The ‘condensed’ nature of the development, that compares the 78  apartments, to a 12m wide stacked stone wall, allows much of this Frankton gateway site to be landscaped  and generously planted as open parkland while also offering a graduated scale of occupant seclusion; ranging from the  most private;  large 10m2 sleeping spaces grouped in fours around 35m2  central living rooms which open out to the more communual  access terraces facing the Remarkables.  The movement of  users along external stairs behind a full height mesh façade, created by artist Simon Morris, make a dynamic constantly reforming pattern to passersby. Design precedents include the Sejima Gifu Kitagata project in Japan and the Pompidou Centre in Paris by Rogers & Piano.

The long building follows the edge of an existing historic  water race  and the eroded glacial  hill behind is exposed  through a series of elevated ‘Sky Terraces’  that add distinctive local  character as well as  communual BBQ facilities to the overall design. The scale which sits well in the grandeur of the Wakitipu Basin plus the modular nature of the repetitivefour-bedroom units coupled with simple  tectonic aesthetics  contribute to 98m2 dwellings affordability.

 

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