Wall of holes for apartment tenants' privacy

AMY JACKMAN
Last updated 05:00 23/10/2012
Newtown Park flats
PHIL REID/Farifax NZ

HOLY MOLY: Hawkins construction cadet Naz Abu Hashim checks out the new exterior screens at the Newtown Park flats.

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Unique privacy screens now cover one of Wellington City Council's Newtown Park apartment buildings.

The white screens with varied-sized circles cut out of them were designed to extend the outside walkway and improve privacy for the residents.

Andrew Banks, of Studio Pacific Architecture, said tenants previously felt as if they were opening their front door directly into the street.

The different sizes of the circles were not random, he said.

"They provide varying levels of natural light and views within the corridors and units behind by changing the size, shape and frequency of holes within the panel.

"The screen may open up in front of windows or next to balconies, and become more solid in front of a unit's front door."

Project manager Rachel VanDoorn said the Newtown Park Apartments upgrade project was due for completion next June.

The complex was identified as needing a significant amount of work, including earthquake strengthening, installing insulation, ventilation and heaters, new kitchens and bathrooms and better community areas.

There would also be a new playground and more car parking, she said.

Two of the five buildings are completed and tenants have moved in.

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