Mixed-Use Development. Cuba St Precinct, Wellington, New Zealand (2008)
- Project Team:
Personal Role / Contribution:
Concept Design - (Massing, spatial organisation, overall asthetic)
Developed Design - (Spatial & planning resolution, detailed asthetic resolution)
Documentation - (Resource Consent Documentation)
Production of Presentation and Marketing Material (see below)
Set in the vibrant heart of the Cuba Character area, this 'mixed use'development covers many aspects of Wellingtons'modern life. The development, through varied design and usage provides retail, commercial, office and a wide range ofresidential alternatives.
The site wraps the existing non listed building onthe heritage portion of the site, respecting its size and importance to thelocal built heritage. The parapet and existing cornice lines are reinforced by thedesign of the new adjacent building. The relationship to the new isstrengthened by the units above being set well back from street frontage and theboundary. This reinforces the urban context and frames the existing building.
The podium and tower arrangement allow further definition of thestreetscape, with reference to the existing local built scale. The towerfulfils the promise of a varied architectural development within the site and benefitsfrom city and harbour views.
The duplex residential units are nestled in the centre of the site andtopped by a rooftop garden, allowing amenity space for the residents. Thiscontinues to break the transitional scale between the building elements and theCuba Streetheritage. The active frontage ismaintained by individual entrances to apartment cores and allows potential forcommercial/retail accommodation that can be broken in to smaller scale units.
Source: Archaus Architects