Harrison Bentley Limited
Napier New Zealand
The Station Street project is a very tightly constrained site on the fringe of Napier city. The client wanted to build a four-storey apartment consisting of one or two-bedroom units for owner occupiers and short stay accommodation.There were several challenges facing the site which we used to drive the design.
These included, the limited site area, two hard adjoining boundaries, sunlight access, parking requirements, vehicle circulation and council imposed volumetric constraints. In addition to this there were key urban design criteria that we had to meet around; passes surveillance, modulation and facade articulation and sustainable integration. By driving the architecture through the above constraints, we developed a design with high levels of amenity value for the building occupants, this was achieved with good access to sunlight, individual outdoor spaces and efficient spatial planning - The internal spatial arrangement was coordinated with the structural layout to ensure a column free floor plate. This required coordination with the ground floor car park to ensure vehicle circulation would comply with the New Zealand Standard.
From an urban design perspective, the design responds well to the site adding character to the area through diversity in form and aesthetic along with additional on-street passive surveillance.Voxell has a strong awareness for council, politics and processes, and were able to negotiate to determine the feasibility of the design, minimise compliance risk, and stimulate quick buy-in through the visualisations produced. In turn the developer was able to easily understand the viability of the project before committing any further spend.
"The Voxell team were excited about working on the project and that was infectious, they were able to get the council got on board very quickly with their design and presentation approach, which from a developers perspective is ideal. The team were slick and professional and I’d definitely recommend them for future projects."