Designed by internationally acclaimed Opus and COX Architecture, the Grace Apartments on Sale Street, Central Auckland boast 360° views of the city and harbour. With such an exceptional site, the designers and developers wanted to build a unique development that stood out against the traditional style of downtown apartments.
Creating a modern building with all the highest quality products was the aim of the developers Little Projects and Location Group. With apartment living on the rise, the developers feel more people will move into medium or slightly higher density developments like Grace Apartments in the coming years.
Nuralite’s Nuraply 3PM and 3PG two-layer membranes were used on the project. The mineral chip membrane in charcoal was used on the roof, gutters, decks and breezeways. Over top of the membrane, Nurajack decking pedestals have been specified to help create the floating deck designed for the level ten rooftop retreat. This area will have an indoor dining room, outdoor terrace and green roofs podiums offering an outstanding place to watch the city from above.
Nuralite's Nuraply 3PG membrane was specified on the rooftop garden podiums. Nuraply 3PG was the most suitable product as it has an added chemical that inhibits root growth. This system is often used in green roofs and will ensure the podiums won’t face the issue of root penetration.
Grace Apartments also feature private balconies which were waterproofed using the Nuraply 3PM system in combination with Nurajacks. The jacks are build to support tiles and lock them into place, therefore, creating a trafficable surface area on each balcony.
Still underway Grace Victoria Quarter looks to be a sophisticated residential apartment building that’s no-compromise design makes it a desirable place to live. With the trend of medium/ high density living in Auckland CBD, Nuralite foresees an increase in quality builds like this and in a change in the city skyline.