Buchan Group heads for the horizon

Nick Myall
Monday 29 Jan 2018

The Buchan Group have released plans for hilltop residences in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland’s Mission Bay will be home to a one-of-a-kind luxury residential building designed by acclaimed global architectural firm, The Buchan Group. 

“Horizon Mission Bay” is Location Group’s newest venture featuring a 41-strong apartment building which is nestled into a hilltop, overlooking the city skyline and Hauraki Gulf.

Architecturally and interiorly designed by The Buchan Group, the complex will feature one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as three penthouse options. 

The Buchan Group Auckland Principal Rob Guild said apartments feature open-plan living areas and large courtyard balconies to take advantage of natural light, ventilation and views. 

“The design approach of Horizon Mission Bay is to offer the best of both worlds, connecting the city and beach with Mission Beach’s relaxed, leafy urban environment,” Mr Guild said. 

“To achieve connectivity, Horizon has been designed to nestle into the hillside to maximise the expansive views of ocean, islands and greenery to the north. 

“Heavy concrete blades on the exterior will respond to weather conditions, and change colour as the building matures and blends with the site.

“A natural colour palette and timber flooring further emphasises Horizon’s relationship with the surrounding landscape.”

Mr Guild said the interior design of each apartment offered premium, elegant living.

“We wanted to maximise the site’s qualities, while also keeping in mind that empty-nesters looking to move from the family home may desire to live in this premium location,” he said.

“Therefore, interiors are functional, and designed for entertaining with open spaces, clean lines and contemporary décor. 

“Natural light-filled rooms with floor-to-floor double glazed windows open onto terraces and courtyards to seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor living.” 

“They are arranged in a way to draw light deep into the living spaces, and catch indirect light.

“Sunrooms have been introduced to the southern apartment balconies to extend living areas to the building’s edge.  This increases the impact of daylight and inland views so residents can enjoy the space in comfort at all times.”

Penthouses feature Gaggenau appliances, bespoke Italian porcelain benchtops, natural veneer and finger-printless cabinetry, wide-panel smoked oak flooring, three-car garaging and a storage unit.

A special emphasis had been given to the entrance design of Horizon, with a sunken floor and vertical bamboo gardens to feature, as well as three lift cores providing private access to all apartments.  

Horizon Mission Bay is located at 250-254 Kepa Road, Mission Bay, Auckland City. Construction is expected to begin this year (2018).

For more information about The Buchan Group in New Zealand please visit www.buchan.co.nz.

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Nick Myall

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