Aesthetic Mt Eden

Developers of the Miro apartments in Mt Eden are promising to encapsulate ‘life, art and leisure’ and to artfullytie in references to the history of the area through their design.

Construction of New Zealand company XCJ Group’s four-storey block is already under way, right next to The Horse &Trap bar in Enfield St, northern Mt Eden. Spokesman Jimmy Wong says the apartments will have a modern aesthetic and an artistic element which should appeal to the sort of people who want to live in this area.

The 94-apartment development (95 if you include the on site manager’s place) has been distinctively designed by global provider of architecture, design, engineering, and construction services Aecom. It will be arranged around a large central atrium bringing additional light to apartments.

At one time the site served as the spring for the Mt Eden pa.
Jimmy says: “We wanted to appreciate the historical significance of this land in a thoughtful way.”

Miro project manager Carl Eckhart says:
“Elements of the apartments reflect a Maori tale through an art theme. They say that once upon a time a young woman and a young man from different tribes met and fell in love at the spring, despite her father’s wishes.”

The apartment’s central atrium will incorporate a ‘water curtain’ fountain representing the spring and the forbidden love between the couple, highborn Puhihuia and her love Ponga. The building will also have aground-floor cafe, a first floor roof garden and a glass-sided lift so users can see the gardened atrium as they go up and down.The apartment’s name reflects the native Miro tree to grow in the atrium, the fleshy fruit on which native pigeon or kereru¯love to feed, and of late Spanish artist Joan Mir.

Carl and Jimmy say developing Miro on a former demolition yard will contribute to the transformation of Enfield St.

The double grammar zoned location, handy to town and transport options, is also where apartment development Botanica is being built having sold out within six weeks of launch.

Jimmy says they expect to attract discerning downsizing empty-nesters and professionals among their buyers. He says all apartments will have balconies and public spaces will be generous. The exterior will incorporate cedar to complement the aesthetics of concrete and abundant glass. Glass frontage above the lobby entrance will be etched in a stepped poutama (stair way to heaven) pattern representing the staircase that god Tane climbed to heaven.

The use of cedar will continue inside around the landings encircling the large glass-roofed central atrium and in door alcoves to apartments. Buyers of the one, two and three bedroom home shave the choice of living-kitchen areas with timber or carpet and tile flooring. Kitchen ARTIST ILLUSTRATIONS, SUPPLIED appliances are Bosch and all tiles in the apartments are Italian.

The apartments are being built by Dominion Constructors with interior design by The Design Option in conjunction with Context Architects. Enough car parks have been planned for basement parking to allow for one for each apartment included in the purchase price (although the developers acknowledge owners’ parking needs

Buyers have the reassurance of knowing construction on Miro has already started with foundations expected to be finished this month and project completion scheduled for early 2017. Prospective buyers can register their interest on its website and can check out its display suite from when it opens on the corner of Mary Street and Enfield St from October 31.

Freehold apartments in a four storey building with ground floor cafe and central atrium. All have balconies and one car park included in the price.

A: 1-bed,1-bath, 50-51sqm (plus 6-8sqm deck); from $500,000.
B: 2-bed,2-bath, 71-82sqm (plus 10-18sqmdeck); from $948,000.
C: 3-bed,2-bath, 94-118sqm (plus 12-14sqm deck); from $923,000.

BODYCORP: To be announced.
INSPECT: Display suite open from October31, corner Mary and Enfield St (entrance on Mary St).
SCHOOLS: Newmarket School, Auckland Normal Intermediate, double grammar.
CONTACT: Duncan Macdonald, Colliers, 021 903 237.

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