The apartments have been carefully designed to effectively utilise every part of their footprint while maintaining a sense of spaciousness.
Ilico consists of 65 one and two bedroom apartments over five levels with on grade parking, developed for purchasers with a limited budget in the suburb of Stonefields.
The apartments have been carefully designed to effectively utilise every part of their footprint while maintaining a sense of spaciousness and maximising natural light and ventilation. There are two vertical circulation cores servicing boardwalks at each level which in turn provide bridge access to each apartment.
All of the apartments have either a north facing courtyard or balcony, with shading and privacy provided by metal screening. The carefully considered composition of these screens with the lightweight balconies and elevated boardwalks create depth and shadow, breaking down the building mass and ensuring a high degree of articulation along the Bluegrey Avenue and Scoria Crescent façades.\
As a lower-cost apartment solution, this project demonstrates that it is possible to maximise views and light for all. The open, democratic layout in the north is contrasted in the south by a three-dimensional scaffold of screens, stairs and lifts, which provide the apartments with long-distance privacy and up-close circulation that weaves and connects the users in a communal Rear Window effect. - New Zealand Institute of Architects Local Awards Citation, 2016