Quality design: Grey Lynn's gravitational pull

The design of The Isaac is influenced by Sir Isaac Newton – and in particular his work in optics.

Last Updated : 05 Feb 2016
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The Isaac – Grey Lynn

The Isaac is a contemporary apartment development in Grey Lynn, which includes 75 apartments of different sizes and two commercial tenancies on the ground level.

The design is influenced by Sir Isaac Newton – and in particular his work in optics.

The detailing on the pre-cast panels on the front of the building references light interference patterns. This theme, which has been used as a reference to tie different parts of the design together, is visible in the landscape treatment, interior design as well as the front facades of the buildings.

The location is fantastic, with it being within walking distance to West Lynn Village, the Grey Lynn shops and the local school. The Isaac is also well linked to the city centre and other city fringe locations. The street-facing site faces a listed heritage building and many other character villas surround the site.

The site slopes down from Surrey Crescent. A major selling point of the buildings are the large landscaped roof-top terraces and associated communal facilities. All residents can gain access to panoramic 360-degree views over Auckland, including views of the Waitemata Harbour, Waitakere Ranges, and the volcanoes and houses of the inner suburbs.

The development is well-designed and complements its existing environment, as well as making the most of a challenging site.

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