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Mary Potter Apartments - Residential Housing

Setting the bar high residential housing design for the elderly

The Little Company of Mary NZ (LCM) commissioned the development of 12 new residential apartments adjacent to the existing Mary Potter housing courts and community centre. These existing units were designed by Warren and Mahoney in 2007 and used as part of the LCM Sisters ministry to accommodate independent elderly of limited means. With the medical laboratory on the site being damaged in the Christchurch earthquake, LCM recognised there was a lack of residential housing and felt that building residential accommodation would alleviate the post-earthquake housing shortage. These apartments are being used for public rent at market level which provides funding to the LCM ministry.

Warren and Mahoney were engaged to design the new buildings and Boffa Miskell was subconsulted by WAM to provide landscape architectural services, including landscape concept design, developed design, detailed design and supervision of landscape implementation.

The LCM was looking for an attractive garden setting to complement both the new development and the existing buildings. The new buildings were arranged around a central courtyard with places to sit and meet with relatives and friends as well as an attractive outlook from the apartments. A strong connection to the existing units and community centre was important.

The Boffa Miskell design team created a modern, colourful and eclectic feel to the landscape which provides detail and interest for the residents. This was been achieved by the use of native plantings, contrasting clipped hedging and the selective use of more traditional plants such as floribunda bush roses, lavender, rhododendron and agapanthus.

Communal vegetable gardens were also included and have been thoroughly embraced by the residents.

Our role

Landscape architecture, concept design, developed design, detailed design, landscape supervision

The facts

ClientThe Little Company of Mary - New Zealand (subcontracted by Warren and Mahoney)
Project teamNik Kneale
Katie Chilton
Sally Bishop
Bryan Sanson
Worked withWarren and Mahoney
Project date2013-2015
Awards2016 NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards Housing Multi Unit, Silver Award