Lighter Quay

  • residential
  • urban design

Melview Developments Ltd

Auckland

2003

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award for Multiple Housing, 2004

Property Council Award of Excellence for Multi-Unit Residential, 2004

Highly Commended, Year of the Built Environment Awards, 2005


The Lighter Quay development is situated on a unique waterfront site, formerly used as a log farm storage site, in Auckland’s Viaduct Basin. A hub of nautical activity, with boats and launches skimming across its waterways, Lighter Quay’s proximity to the Viaduct Basin’s lively restaurants and cafes makes it an ideal residential location.

The centrepiece of the masterplan is a declaimed navigable waterway running through the length of Lighter Quay. Wrapping around this waterway, the surrounding buildings create a sheltered central canal where the water reflects sun up to the windows and balconies above.

The completed Lighter Quay development includes waterfront villas, duplex apartments, terrace houses, pavilion houses, amenities buildings and a luxurious hotel. Architecturally varied and designed to suit their particular orientations in relation to the water, the buildings are drawn together by the spatial logic of the masterplan, creating a development that is a coherent and fluid whole.

North at Lighter Quay is the flagship of the Lighter Quay development. The luxuriously appointed apartment building’s astute design ensures that its forty high-quality apartments offer exceptional waterside living.

Other architects who collaborated on the individual projects within the Lighter Quay development include Andrew Patterson Architects, Stephenson and Turner (Stratus Apartments), and Peddle Thorp (Sofitel Hotel).

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award for Multiple Housing, 2004

Property Council Award of Excellence for Multi-Unit Residential, 2004

Highly Commended, Year of the Built Environment Awards, 2005