Whitford is a small village located east of Auckland; thirty minutes from the CBD and airport. Due to its location it presents a superb lifestyle opportunity that combines the best of Auckland’s natural environment with easy access to the city. Jasmax was commissioned to produce a concept design for up to 145 homes that integrated into the existing village’s character.
The Jasmax Urban Design team were involved in the project at an early stage, working on the initial successful ‘Plan Change’ and consultation with the Council.
This led to the need for a ‘Comprehensive Development Plan’, requiring an integrated design approach. Careful consideration needed to be taken to ensure that this new development would not undermine the Village’s prime asset – its distinctive rural character.
A rigorous investigation of possible concepts with the client and development manager led to a masterplan that helped to achieve the client’s objectives of a practical and affordable solution, while at the same time creating an attractive and distinctive living environment.
The proposed development encapsulates a 21st Century NZ interpretation of a traditional village. Using modern adaptations of traditional building forms, planting and surface materials, dwellings are clustered around courtyards and narrow lanes to create the distinctive identity associated with New Zealand’s best small villages.