Density Down Under

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February 2, 2009
Six weeks after moving from a “gorgeous custom house with huge gardens” in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, into an apartment a few minutes from the city’s central business district, Roz Mawson couldn’t be happier. Read Full Article
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  Trinity Apartments, a six-story, three-tiered complex that sits atop a ridge in Auckland, New Zealand's trendy Parnell neighborhood. The concrete, glass, and cedar structure with 32 roomy apartments (ranging from 750 to 2,350 square feet) is not only striking to look at, but engineered to harness natural light, warmth, and an abundance of cooling breezes. Photo by Simon Devitt.  Photo by: Simon Devitt

    Trinity Apartments, a six-story, three-tiered complex that sits atop a ridge in Auckland, New Zealand's trendy Parnell neighborhood. The concrete, glass, and cedar structure with 32 roomy apartments (ranging from 750 to 2,350 square feet) is not only striking to look at, but engineered to harness natural light, warmth, and an abundance of cooling breezes. Photo by Simon Devitt.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

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  On the street-facing side, glass louvers and panels hang off the building like a huge piece of light-reflecting sculpture.  Photo by: Simon Devitt
    On the street-facing side, glass louvers and panels hang off the building like a huge piece of light-reflecting sculpture.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

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  The grid-like garden by landscape architect Matthew Bradbury.  Photo by: Simon Devitt
    The grid-like garden by landscape architect Matthew Bradbury.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

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  Each apartment features an expansive balcony overlooking the street.  Photo by: Simon Devitt
    Each apartment features an expansive balcony overlooking the street.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

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  The apartments range from 750 to 2,350 square feet.  Photo by: Simon Devitt
    The apartments range from 750 to 2,350 square feet.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

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  The temperature inside the airy and open interiors is largely regulated by the concrete building’s high thermal mass.  Photo by: Simon Devitt
    The temperature inside the airy and open interiors is largely regulated by the concrete building’s high thermal mass.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

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  Garden-facing apartments benefit from an evaporative cooling effect off the pools; during hot afternoons, they’re shielded by wooden shutters that can be completely closed.  Photo by: Simon Devitt
    Garden-facing apartments benefit from an evaporative cooling effect off the pools; during hot afternoons, they’re shielded by wooden shutters that can be completely closed.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

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    Photo by: Simon Devitt

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

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