HUAPAI - 'THE VINES'
The Vines site is located as a gateway into the rural village of Huapai, West Auckland. As a community in the heart of the wine-growing region earmarked for significant residential and commercial growth, the project is designed for a variety of retail, restaurant and office use, including a state-of-the-art childcare centre. It sets a benchmark for future development through its open contemporary ‘country’ feel. Through relaxed landscaped courtyards and canopied walkways and by retaining the site's mature trees, the building bulk is minimised and consequently the overall retail experience is enhanced.
The fully leased tenancies and solid Return on Investment highlights that quality design pays. Designed around sustainable principles including natural light and airflow, rainwater harvesting and reuse while dealing with the traffic noise, the building responds conceptually through sun-shade fins, overhangs and an exposed traditional water-tank to further the experience -all of which were deciding factors for the tenants.