Kerewhenua - Kerepeti Residential Development

New thinking at Hobsonville Point

  • Client

  • Ngai Tahu Property, NZ Super Fund, New Ground Capital
  • Services

  • Place
  • Planning
  • Architecture
  • Site

  • Kerepeti Kerewhenua
  • Sectors

  • Residential
  • Multi-Unit
  • Date

  • 2018

A medium density development with a house type for everyone.

###The challenge Design a neighbourhood for a variety of ages, stages and incomes. Create an energised and animated community through excellent design and placemaking. ###The Context solution When you visit Kerewhenua, the variety of homes stands out – as do the synergies between them. One half of [Context’s masterplanned Kerepeti development](https://contextarchitects.com/news/kerepeti-masterplan-delivers-desirable-density), Kerewhenua proves you can have 11 different house typologies as well as the [cohesive sense of community](https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12157688). A lively village with the perks of owning a private home; 208 homes in total – 33 more than our clients’ target density – a joint venture between [Ngai Tahu Property](https://ngaitahuproperty.co.nz/portfolio/hobsonville-point/), NZ Super Fund and New Ground Capital. We chose to work with brick because it’s durable, dependable and low maintenance with excellent acoustic properties, all of which are important for density. At Kerepeti, brick also represents a [strong connection to place](https://kerepeti.co.nz/latest-news/from-clay-to-modern-day/). Māori worked clay in the area for many years and brickworks were a primary industry until the 1930s. Throughout Kerewhenua we’ve used mixed materiality to provide an animated and lively appeal. Red brick veneers are common, as is variant brick and solid white. Glass, concrete, timber and colourful doors inject energy and warmth into the neighbourhood. All homes have been designed to maximise natural, direct sunlight in living areas. Couple this with solid insulation and energy efficient heating systems and you have a home that’s comfortable and affordable to live in. Rainwater harvesting, and strategic plantings are also incorporated on-site. Every unit has private outdoor space designed to catch the sun. In units where entry to the house is from the north, first floor living spaces and a deck have generally been provided. Raised ground floors provide much needed privacy close to the street. Kerepeti is one of New Zealand’s most successful examples of placemaking at scale, and we’ve brought new thinking to Hobsonville Point with activated laneways for residents to reach home by foot or by car. A safe, spirited and inviting place to call home.

One of 11 different house typologies - design for a variety of stages, ages and incomes

Five storey apartment building, containing a mix of one to three-bedroom homes.

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