The Kepa Road facade features a veil of anodised aluminium tubes, hinting at movement and playfully following you as you move past with a shimmering reflection from the sun. With stunning views of Rangitoto, it is one of New Zealand's most prestigious addresses.
These high spec apartments had multiple different forms of screening to meet the requirements of privacy, sun shading, and aesthetics demanded by such a location.
Insol's expertise was required to design and engineer multiple bespoke systems for the different forms of screening from glass fins and sliding louvre panels, to a fine tubular veil.
Insol assisted +Map architecture early in the design phase with connection detailing. We methodically worked through each different screening system to provide a robust design that meet the architectural intent.
One of the main features was a screen made of vertical 38mm diameter aluminium tubes that wrapped around the corners of the building. This presented some unique challenges with design being at high risk of creating wind noise.
Insol undertook computer analysis of the airflows around this feature and determined that physical testing was necessary to eliminate the risk. We then carried out physical 1:1 scale testing which confirmed we could proceed with the architectural detail and maintain the intent.
As is befitting the address and views, Outlook Apartments shine with a unique facade that adds a rich warmth to the exterior. The light reflection on the facade seemingly dances as you move past, playfully setting the building apart whilst maintaining a high level of distinction.
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The initial designs involved a heavy three-dimensional structural steel frame with flat panels fixed to it. We were able to provide significant value engineering wins for the client by simplifying the structural steel frame and creating the three dimensional effect within the façade panels.
Further value was added by designing the structural steel subframe so that it would double as the vehicle barrier, and the façade to act as the fall arrest barrier. The perforations were sized to meet the ventilation requirements, the fixing detail allows seismic movement, and the vision panels created using a light weight fire rated polycarbonate.
A distinctive building that looks different from almost every angle thanks to a unique 3 dimensional profile. By day, the landmark structure catches the eye. After sunset, it comes alive and sparkles, a glittering addition to Auckland's nightscape.
Installation was carried out from the inside with the panels being winched down from the deck level of the carpark.