It's a common sight in most modern cities the inner-city suburb that has risen and fallen in fortune over the years.
Such suburbs, having played the role of first settlement-cum-commercial centre, often fell into dereliction as new city centres established themselves, only to emerge from the ashes as desirable destinations once more.
The mix of light industrial, residential, historic and contemporary lend these areas a very eclectic vibe, both architecturally and socially.
The Auckland suburb of Parnell is all of these, so it is not surprising that architects Leuschke Group chose to draw from multiple inspirations for the design of a four-property development at the heart of the suburb, says director Colin Leuschke.
"Surprisingly, for such an established suburb, this particular site was bare. However, it did come with some strange zoning, including use as a car park, as it is situated within a mixed area of light industrial and residential."
The site also carried a public easement for pedestrian right-of-way access to the main road.
"Further compounding these issues was the very small road frontage. The property is surrounded on three sides, and most of the fourth, by other buildings. Coupled with the need for public access, it was obvious that a high-level of privacy was going to have to be built into the design," says Leuschke.