POUNAMU STAGE 1 - 3
Location: FRANKTON RD | QUEENSTOWN
Completed: 2006

The apartment bound a large site, known as the gateway to Queenstown. It is the first of several projects that will become built over the following years, including the Hilton Hotel that forms the central heart of this development.

Rather than breaking up the site into several smaller scale buildings, we wanted to underline the true size of this site, by creating a curved wall to Frankton Rd through which openings were punctured and the blocks are fractured and offset, in reference to the schist walls.

We strove to have repetitive building modules, while each apartment is individual by virtue of this curved stone wall. Large cedar shutters are a strong feature to the development, increasing privacy and helping to break up the facade.

The whole site will be linked by pedestrian walkways and roadway, providing a modern alpine community atmosphere.

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