Aurora Avenue

This project for Housing NZ Corporation with Bailey Architects and Davis Ogilvie includes proposals to redevelop a site, accommodating an existing group of properties with frontages onto Aurora Ave and Sandringham Road, by constructing twenty one new two-storey homes in a range of sizes. Landscaping is to include driveways, entrance pathways, rear living courts and decks, fencing, hedging and specimen trees to each site.

The proposals delivered desirable urban design outcomes at a number of levels. The proposals tackled urban design issues across a range of scales from the wider context to the detail and were comprehensively worked through. The proposals contributed to local amenity, colour and character through the relationship between the buildings and the streets, the frontage and boundary treatments and the landscaping.

A visual assessment was conducted to identify the sites visibility and possible impacts on the local and wider landscape. The assessment identified that the viewing audience for the site is limited. Consisting of local views for residents of properties on neighbouring sites and streets.

The landscape concept seeks to provide a discreet front entrance to each unit whether a single, duplex or part of a terrace, both for privacy and to foster a sense of individual ownership. Additionally each unit has a private paved living court to the rear, adjacent to internal living rooms for ease of entertaining and child minding activities.

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