Ashton Mitchell has been working closely with developers McConnell Property to produce a design-led scheme that takes advantage of its unique location and maximises yield from a small site. Overlooking Ōrākei Basin, TEAL is a boutique four-storey development that offers twenty-four apartments which range from one, two, and three-bedroom apartments and penthouse suites.
TEAL has been functionally designed around two circulation cores with common circulation space rationalised allowing for the number of dual-aspect apartments to increase. Due to this approach in design, each apartment has a high level of amenity that maximises natural light and captures the unique city and farmland outlook. The building has been purposefully orientated to these western and northern views.
“Each apartment has a high level of amenity that maximises natural light and captures the unique city and farmland outlook.”
Architecturally, the building grows from the site up to a sculptural roof form that is inspired by the nearby Ngapipi boat sheds. The metal cladding selected for the roof has a custom warm metallic finish which catches the light reflecting from Ōrākei Basin and references the earthy tones of the surrounding bushland and estuary. This custom finish has been integrated down to street level, marking the entrance to the development.
“Architecturally, the building grows from the site up to a sculptural roof form that is inspired by the Ngapipi boat sheds.”
To compliment the metal-clad upper floor a refined material palette has been chosen consisting of a human scaled brick veneer, and heavily textured rusticated concrete panels. The brick veneer is laid in a combination of solider course, stretcher, and stack bond defining transitions between the various claddings and apartments. Expressed floor edges create horizontal breaks in the overall façade, while reducing the scaled of the building and helping it fit into its suburban context.