universal homes architecture workshop
site hobsonville auckland housing development
masterplan universal homes architecture workshop
panorama construction site hobsonville aw
civil site plan contours hobsonville
sections neighbour relationships aw
physical models hobsonville aw
outdoor amenity plan architecture workshop
architecture workshop concept universal homes
buckley street view design concept
high angle view from north
universal homes architecture workshop
site hobsonville auckland housing development
masterplan universal homes architecture workshop
panorama construction site hobsonville aw
civil site plan contours hobsonville
sections neighbour relationships aw
physical models hobsonville aw
outdoor amenity plan architecture workshop
architecture workshop concept universal homes
buckley street view design concept
high angle view from north

Universal Homes Subdivision | Hobsonville Point | 2013

The strategic plan for the Buckley superblocks in Hobsonville emphasises the street and the life of the street at an increased density (for NZ) of 40 dwellings per hectare. The masterplan for Universal Homes is slightly more aspirational, lifting the density of houses on the 4477m2 Ba35 site to provide 45 dwellings per hectare as well as to optimize outdoor amenity.

AW produced 8 new varied typologies to make the most of the benign Auckland climate and the garden. The intent was, to not just lift energy sustainability by achieving a high Homestar rating, but also to provide social sustainability that allows for future adaptability and flexibility in the plans. The 20 new dwellings were sited across the sloping section so their large interior volumes connected directly to outdoor spaces oriented to the sun.

Architecture Workshop design intent in order of priority was as follows:

  1. Quality & connection of indoor and outdoor spaces
  2. Add diversity and flexibility
  3. Build community
  4. Distinct building character
  5. Capture views beyond the site
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