Soto offers intelligent design in a sought-after Auckland suburb

Meadowbank development a contemporary minimalist landmark

The Soto apartment project in Auckland's Meadowbank is among the projects Colliers International is marketing.

An intelligently designed new neighbourhood development is about to become a modern landmark in Auckland’s sought-after eastern suburbs.

Elevated on a northern sloping site on the Remuera ridgeline, this elegant new development, Soto, celebrates minimalist contemporary design for discerning residents looking to modernise their lifestyle in Auckland’s most ‘liveable’ suburbs.

The 5,225sq m gently-sloping site at 6-14 Meadowbank Road borders Meadowbank and Remuera in close proximity to local shops, supermarket and eateries, prestigious schools, buses, trains and motorways.

Remuera Golf Course, Waiatarua Reserve, Orakei Basin, and popular Eastern beaches such as Okahu Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers are also nearby. Views include the city skyline, Waitemata harbour, Rangitoto Island and Soto’s own generous park-like grounds.

The project, which is being marketed by Colliers International's Residential Project Marketing team, has been co-created by internationally renowned New Zealand designers with a shared vision to create a minimalist, balanced, calm and beautiful suburban environment that celebrates the local lifestyle.

The Soto development offers a choice of homes including 58 apartment residences with seamless indoor-outdoor covered decks in a six level building, and seven independent three-storey pavilions bordering a central park.

Architects Monk Mackenzie, creators of Auckland’s internationally recognised Lightpath cycleway, have designed Soto with respected Auckland based boutique property developer Southside Group.

Dean Mackenzie and Hamish Monk of Monk Mackenzie explain how the constraints of the sloping site and respect for the quiet neighbourhood have inspired an architecture of horizontal layering.

“Overall, the challenging site constraints within Soto’s suburban location drove us to consider a quiet architecture that contributes to Meadowbank’s built environment, adding to and enhancing the suburb’s emerging elegance.

"We have layered the building horizontally by first creating a stone clad podium and above this introduced steel and glass louvred sky-terraces on alternate floors. This means that instead of six floors the building reads more simply of two terraces and a strong roof form.”

Renowned interior designer Lauren Hare of Hare Interiors is creating elegant interior spaces with refined materials and highly crafted kitchens and bathrooms.

Interior features include aged brass fittings, travertine stone, oak timbers and deep pile carpeted floorings in a choice of neutral or dramatic palettes.

“Interior spaces at Soto have been crafted to create a balance between living in the moment and retreating graciously," Hare says.

"Custom interior hardware and cabinetry with precise metal inlays in kitchens and bathrooms reflect careful craftsmanship and considered details.” 

Boffa Miskell has enhanced the site with an 1,100sq m central park terraced lawn and substantially planted garden that gently cascades down the site’s northern slope, connecting the residences to the pavilions.

Grass terraces create a generous sense of space and openness while the edible gardens and central pergola with communal BBQ provide an invitation to explore and get to know other residents.

Established trees will be enhanced with substantial new planting.

The materiality of hard landscaping takes its cues from the architecture — natural earthy tones at the base of the building, stone retaining structures and pavements with earthy aggregates. 

Materials include extensive full-height double glazing, bronze powder-coated soffits and deck edges, oak flooring, European travertine and porcelain tiles, and Bosch or Gaggenau appliances.

Solid reinforced concrete piles and foundations with basement retaining walls support the superstructure, made of structural steel columns and beams.

Levels three and five feature sliding metal louvres to create private sky terraces for year-round indoor-outdoor living that adapts to light and weather.

Dual-aspect, three-level pavilions offer three bedrooms, three bathrooms and private courtyards fronting both the central park and the city skyline to the north.

Pavilions also feature a second ground-level living area with access to exclusive-use terraces and private, internal-access basement parking for two vehicles. 

A variety of apartment living options are available. One bedroom apartments are sized from 58sq m to 76sq m, with 18sq m to 22sq m balconies.

Two-bedroom apartments range from 90sq m to 129sq m, with 32sq m to 77sq m balconies.

Three to four bedroom options span 137sq m to 241sq m, with 16sq m to 179sq m balconies.

Apartments include between one and three car parks each, and electric vehicle charging is available to every car park.

Median prices at Soto are under $2 million. Individual apartment prices start from $620,000 for qualifying first home buyers to more than $4 million for the most premium apartments.

The on-site display suite will be open for viewing from mid September 2017 at 6 Meadowbank Road.

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