The project introduces a contemporary apartment building to Three Kings’ emerging urban landscape.
Three Kings, NZ
Kimiora Street is the slightly taller, higher-density cousin of DKO’s Mount Eden Road project. Building on the successes of its neighbour, the project introduces a contemporary apartment building to Three Kings’ emerging urban landscape. A key concern shared by the client and the practice was that the two projects offer diverse housing options but maintain a shared formal language. Kimiora Street, therefore, offers a total of fifty-nine apartments with one, two, and three-bedroom typologies. A number were crafted specifically to meet the ‘affordable housing’ benchmark in order to attract a broad spectrum of people and help ease the pressure of the current housing climate. A consistent visual link, however, reveals the connection to the Mount Eden Road terraces and apartments, achieving an overall sense of harmony.
A dynamic articulated form is where Kimiora Street differs most distinctly from its neighbour. With the building envelope set back to provide residents with greater privacy, it is the large balconies which instead do the talking. Set to a tune of alternating earthy, colour tones, and punctuated with textured metal cladding and warm timber accents, they push and pull along the building’s façade. Sitting at the edge of the main road and future quarry development, the contemporary structure generates the perception of accommodating and quality apartments within, forming a positive precedent for densified housing and ultimately regenerating the streetscape.