Orakei Papakaianga Design Guidelines

Bossley Architects worked with Boffa Miskell to prepare the masterplan and Design Guidelines for the on-going housing development for Ngati Whatua along the Orakei headland in Auckland. Encompassing medium-density housing in terraces and apartment typologies, the Guidelines identify a number of themes which provide living environments with more iwi-focussed qualities than normal.

These include kotohitanga/community, wairuatanga/spritual connections, whanaungatanga/relationships, manaakitanga/welcoming and hosting, and katiakitanga/sustainable management amongst others.

These led to a number of design principles such as relationship to the land, distant landmarks, community, children having ‘right of way’, safety and passive surveillance, inclusiveness and flexibility as guidance for future architects to develop specific building projects.