480 Swanson Road
Project Name

480 Swanson Road Development


Architecture Design


Terraced Housing

Year of Design


This site in the residential suburb of Ranui in west Auckland, is located on Swanson Road near the intersection of Swanson Road and Ranui Station Road. The 1,012m2 property is rectangular in shape, lending itself to the creation of a linear building layout, serviced by an undercroft car parking area.

The architectural design responds to the existing neighbourhood amenities by designing a mixed use development. The design is contemporary in style but still traditionally proportioned, featuring vertically arranged building masses and glazing patterns.

The development design maximises amenities and high quality semi public spaces. All dwellings have private outdoor living courts and these are further enhanced by common landscaping to the shared deck areas, with each dwelling enjoying direct access from living spaces to north and west orientated private decks. All maisonettes provide good sized living spaces and bedrooms with storage, good ceiling heights and ample glazing.

The buildings feature a high degree of visual interest through the facade organisation and depth of building materials. The layout in relation to vehicle access allows efficient use and effectively disguises the parking area from the street. Complementing the building’s character is the landscape. The detail of the shared deck access areas adds considerable character and will be visible from the adjacent site and street. The development will result in a different visual character for the area, because of the nature of the site and its contribution to a strong neighbourhood identity.