Unified by amenity

St Marks Apartments Auckland, New Zealand

St Marks Apartments

Auckland, New Zealand


Clever design unifies residential and community amenity in this elegant development in Auckland.

St Marks in Remuera, cleverly melds residential and communal amenity in a medium density setting.

The development is divided into two massings and pulled back from the boundary to maximise landscaping and integration to the street. The second stage, designed by Buchan, consists of 70 apartments including several penthouses across the front and rear blocks.

A terraced garden unifies the eastern and western buildings and creates a community focus. A ‘green courtyard’ links the terrace garden to a secluded fern garden, while simultaneously letting light, landscaping and cross ventilation into the contiguous apartments. Dense plantings of edible fruits, tall trees and vertical greenery provide shade, privacy and encourage gathering.

Indoors, the lobby space with barista, lounge and library promotes a sense of community. Proposed future retail activation to the ground floor includes a florist, with through-site links to an existing café and restaurant.

The apartments are specifically designed to facilitate ‘ageing in place’, featuring larger doors and a large lift car.

External balconies can double as living room, gyms, home office to flex with residents’ needs.

Design considerations at St Marks have a significant positive impact on liveability.