Density Down Under

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February 2, 2009
Originally published in Profiles in Creativity
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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.

    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.

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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.
    On the street-facing side, glass louvers and panels hang off the building like a huge piece of light-reflecting sculpture.
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  The grid-like garden by landscape architect Matthew Bradbury.
    The grid-like garden by landscape architect Matthew Bradbury.
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  Each apartment features an expansive balcony overlooking the street.
    Each apartment features an expansive balcony overlooking the street.
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  The apartments range from 750 to 2,350 square feet.
    The apartments range from 750 to 2,350 square feet.
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  The temperature inside the airy and open interiors is largely regulated by the concrete building’s high thermal mass.
    The temperature inside the airy and open interiors is largely regulated by the concrete building’s high thermal mass.
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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.
    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.
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