The Grahams Road development, spearheaded by Kāinga Ora, is a transformative project aimed at consolidating three suburban sites in Burnside into a cohesive community of 15 houses catering to diverse needs – from families and individuals to disabled residents. The project envisions creating a vibrant, pedestrian-centric internal streetscape that fosters a sense of pride among residents.
The project stands as a testament to the thoughtful integration of architecture, landscape design, and community needs, contributing positively to the fabric of Burnside.
Ignite, serving as the architectural and lead consultant, played a pivotal role in guiding the project from its inception. Services included site option studies, documentation for regulatory reviews, coordination with various consultants (civil, landscape, geotechnical, survey, legal, titles, structures, acoustics, and fire), and the production of technical documentation for various housing types, ranging from multiproof to bespoke units.
The design language harmoniously integrates with the existing housing stock, leveraging materials, forms, and urban massing from local precedents. This ensures that the development seamlessly blends into the suburb, creating a familiar and comfortable environment. The exploration of multiple options during the design phases underscores Ignite's commitment to tailoring the project to the specific needs of the community.
A key focus of the project is the creation of a strong pedestrian-focused internal streetscape. By prioritising foot traffic, the development aims to foster a sense of community and connectivity among residents. Large communal landscape areas serve as unifying elements, bringing all residences together to form a harmonious ensemble of suburban housing.
The Grahams Road Development is about crafting a community. Ignite's expertise in managing projects from conception to completion, especially those involving higher density bespoke typologies, ensures that the outcome aligns with the vision of creating a vibrant and inclusive neighbourhood.