Many developments take years to mature, but when the urban design is planned right from the outset, the end result is much more likely to be a cohesive, inviting precinct.
Urban design and landscape architecture specialist Boffa Miskell has been involved in the Carlaw Park development since the master planning stage 15 years ago. The company has provided these services, developing and detailing the landscape design, material selection and specification, and overseeing the construction phase of each stage. It also helped with the resource consent process.
Design director Rachel de Lambert says one of the visions for the development was the need to attract people to the area.
"It was vital to create strong links between buildings and open spaces, and to provide easy connections to the Auckland Domain and public transport, including the proposed Parnell rail station.
"The Carlaw Park Student Village is the latest part of the development to be completed. The high-density apartments sit within a new urban landscape that provides for the social and community activities of the residents. It has a strong community focus the site offers a range of public, semi-public and private areas that are both social spaces and key circulation routes."
Trees and raised planter boxes bring a residential scale to the precinct.
26 May, 2014