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: