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Building a new town centre from scratch provides an ideal opportunity to masterplan an holistic mixed-use development that can establish a benchmark for the future
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Building a new town centre from scratch provides an ideal opportunity to masterplan an holistic mixed-use development that can establish a benchmark for the future

Most towns evolve over time, often with a haphazard mix of buildings and amenities that were never part of a well-considered urban plan.

Takanini Village, in contrast, is an example of what can be achieved when urban design principles are put into practice right from the start.

The mixed-used development was designed by Construkt Architects for Tonea Investments. Much of the first stage, which comprises 12,800m² of retail and commercial space, is already open for business.


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Building a new town centre from scratch provides an ideal opportunity to masterplan an holistic mixed-use development that can establish a benchmark for the future

Construkt Architects director David Gibbs says the development represents an important step forward for Takanini.

"The site is ideally located to form a mixed-use bridge' between the Commercial 2 zoning of Great South Road and the large residential catchment to the east," he says. "With the 5.4ha site catering to retail, office, live/work, residential and community uses, and providing improved public transport links, the project is of regional significance."

Stage 1 includes four distinctive buildings with good street exposure. The architecture is contemporary in expression, with low maintenance buildings and good-quality materials used throughout. Many buildings have north-facing frontages, large canopies and generous pavement widths.

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Building a new town centre from scratch provides an ideal opportunity to masterplan an holistic mixed-use development that can establish a benchmark for the future

Bruce Wallace, chief executive of Tonea Investments, says the firm specially chose Construkt Architects because it wanted a clear point of difference.

"The character of the buildings has been a great success; the architecture is unique. The buildings have set the tone for Takanini Village and will establish the direction for Stage Two."

For more details, contact Construkt Architects, phone +64 9 373 4900, mobile 021 818 412. Email: david@construkt.co.nz. Web: www.construkt.co.nz.

Mar 31, 2014
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