In times of crisis, the best solutions are often the result of creative and lateral thinking. Where traditionally held views are challenged and outcomes exceed expectations.
Such is the opportunity presented by the current Housing Crisis where the deficit in Auckland alone exceeds 44,000 homes.
Taking a “customer first” view is at the heart of the design process undertaken by Resolution Design Architectural. Director Sunil Bakshi says, “Resolution Design specialise in multi-unit development and challenge the model of conventional building solutions, without compromising usability, comfort and safety to deliver a new model of affordable housing.”
With an innovation mindset and focus on safety, the team at Resolution Design have again partnered with Clarke Group to help address the accommodation shortage in Auckland.
Sunil is firmly of the opinion that while the role of product manufacturer is to supply material that is Building Code compliant, it is the role (and expertise) of the designer to provide the back-end system supporting that choice, “It’s about considering all the variables and working with the Building Code” says Sunil.
With a background in teaching architecture at Victoria University and having worked within Auckland Council as a specialist building consultant, Sunil started Resolution Design Architectural in 2014 and has found his company’s unique and comprehensive knowledge of current building code requirements, council processes and legislation are in demand by clients undertaking projects in the medium to high density residential and commercial space.
Revolution Design have developed a proprietary design system for use in the highest risk situations that enables their experienced team to draw from a trusted material palette that includes Palliside uPVC weatherboards. Sunil says “We use Palliside on many of our medium-high density builds.” One such example is Chapel Studios, an exciting new private 3-4 star apartment development now underway in Flatbush, Auckland.
Set over three levels it delivers amenity-rich, rent by the room accommodation and satisfies demand for housing in a way that people want to live in a world class city, without sacrificing a connection to the surrounding landscape.
According to Sunil “One of the great things about Palliside is that the product life expectancy is built into the product from day one. A key benefit for building owners is that it never needs priming or painting, meaning the builder saves a lot of time and therefore cost.” Sunil says, “And being a double profile board, it’s quick to put up.”
With Palliside being manufactured in New Zealand, supply lead times are easily managed within project timelines and with a history of over 25 years New Zealand residential housing use, Palliside has a proven legacy of performance in NZ's extreme climatic conditions.