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Eco Village - St Kilda Waterways - Cambridge

Eco Village

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St.Kilda Waterways


St. Kilda Waterways is the proposed Eco-Village on an existing Dairy Farm site in Cambridge. It is an 87 hectare, 285 House Eco-Village Development with average lot sizes of 1200m2 - 1500m2 with larger homes of minimum 200m2. St. Kilda will be the first Sustainable Design concept of its scale and nature to be built in New Zealand. Its unique features include 4 Lakes which have a dual purpose of being aesthetically pleasing and providing storm water control/storage. There is a Central Park linking the 2 largest Lakes, 9km of safe and secure dedicated walkways and cycleways, an Enviroschool Kindergarten and Cafe with live feeds to the Maungatautari Ecological Island Reserve, including the Kiwi Programme. Design Engine Architects are the Urban Designers and Architects for this pioneering project that will establish a new benchmark for living in New Zealand. The development draws its inspiration from International Eco-Village examples, the Waitakere City Council Sustainble Design Guidelines and the Environment Waikato Sustainable Design Framework. The Clients Matt and Mike Smith of Grantchester Farms Ltd are a well established Cambridge Family that are passsionate and dedicated to their Home, Context and Future Development. Mark Wassung has had a 3 year Client Architect relationship with the Smiths. Design Engine Architects and the Smiths are currently involved with other Innovative Projects for the Waipa/Waikato Region. Design Engine Architects have worked well with other Team members Mark Chrisp from EMS - Environmental Management Services and Dean Hermann of Beca Carter Engineers.


Design Engine Architects and Urban Designers have created a unique concept with the use of organically shaped roads, reduced cul-de-sacs, safety slip roads, changes in surface materials to slow vehicular traffic and protect the pedestrian/cyclist. Walkways and Cycleways create good internal connectivity which are in turn connected to a broader context of neighbourhood walkways/cycleways and Cambridge CBD creating good external connectivity. The Design Covenant setup by Design Engine Architects refers to our 10 Point Sustainable Design Green Plan for Subdivisions and Architecture. The underlying principles include the following: obligator