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Otahuhu Multiunit

Completion : March 2003

This project involved reconfiguring an existing Housing New Zealand Corporation site in Auckland to facilitate greater safety, and living conditions for the tenants of the site. After generating a variety of possible outcomes for HNZC, bbc architects were then asked to further develop one option which reconfigures the existing 71 apartments into 38 apartments.  


The conceptual approach towards the accommodation was to increase the number of families on the site, and to foster community development through providing more common space and breaking the buildings down into smaller living clusters served by a common stairwell. The outdoor space has also been more programmed and has a higher intensity of landscaping to create both private and public areas for outdoor habitation. This project has already required consultation with a variety of consultants and provides bbc architects with the opportunity to use further the desire to utilise architecture to impact social housing.

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