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Symphony303 x Metro — A symphony of spaces for the ceremonies of everyday life

A commercial to residential conversion on Manukau Road, Symphony303 is a well-composed work of architecture coming soon to the leafy suburban sanctuary of Epsom.

Symphony303 x Metro — A symphony of spaces for the ceremonies of everyday life

Aug 30, 2021 Urban design

Symphony303 is an exclusive collection of 43 premium apartments from seasoned developers Lamont & Co which will see the repurposing of an existing commercial building, extending and transitioning it into a boutique residential complex. 

“We will strip the original building back to its concrete frame in order to preserve the existing character elements including the generous ceiling height. It will then be extended and two additional levels will be added to create a five storey building, four levels of sunny elevated apartments on top of a ground floor dedicated to car parks, bike stands and storage units,” says Tim Lamont.

Lamont & Co are behind a number of Auckland’s most successful urban living precincts including; FABRIC of ONEHUNGA which recently won an Architecture Award for multi-unit housing; award-winning SKHY  in Grafton which won national architecture honours and more recently, The Onehunga Mall Club, which will be a landmark tower of 102 apartments in Onehunga.

Designed with the concept of creating homes that are  ‘sanctuaries for everyday ceremonies’,  Symphony303 will welcome residents with a grand double height entrance lobby featuring a soundwave of pendant lights. Apartment interiors offer residents carefully considered spaces to recharge from the pace of their busy lives. 

Matthew Downs, Principal Architect leading the design from award-winning Jasmax architects, says that the concept for this project has been based around harmony and balance.

“Everything in the design process has been considered to create a sense of space and balance. The adaptive reuse of the ex-commercial building’s structure was an exciting challenge and one we hope to repeat on future projects due to reduced carbon impact. Our design response responds to and establishes balance between the vibrant urban context that one gets living so close to a bustling hub like Newmarket and the calm, serene tree-lined avenues of Epsom,” says Downs.

Special emphasis through design and materiality has been placed on the areas of the home where daily rituals take place, from the morning routine in the bathroom to the kitchen where you could be cooking your favourite pasta for dinner with a wine in hand. Open and inviting spaces are effortlessly balanced and brought to life through refined details, natural materials and textures that create a sense of raw elegance.

Colliers Project Sales Manager, Juliet Lichtenstein, says there are many features that residents will love including the integrated appliances in the kitchens, well thought out storage space and wardrobes. Two and three bedroom apartments have the added practicality of having a butler’s pantry. Details like curved walls in bedrooms to bring in more light are one of the many nuances that makes these interiors evoke a sense of calm and balance.

Neighbouring character buildings such as the historic Epsom Post Office and the unitary plan’s height restrictions, mean that Symphony303 will have largely protected and uninterrupted views, while all apartments have been purposefully positioned to face north-west or north-east to ensure abundant sun gains throughout the day.

With the green spaces of Cornwall Park or the verdant avenues of Epsom, to the North and West, Symphony303 is well connected to all shopping and transport amenities that Epsom has to offer. Perfectly positioned in the zone for some of the country’s top schools including, Auckland Grammar, Epsom Girls Grammar, Auckland Normal Intermediate, Kohia Terrace and Epsom Normal Primary. Epsom street corners are lined with diverse food offerings and convenient retail spaces occupying historic buildings that have been standing proudly for close to a century. 

The Manukau Road site was chosen for its prime position with easy accessibility in all directions, “As long time residents in the area, Tim and I can see just how much Epsom has to offer. It’s a fabulous location with Cornwall Park on your doorstep. You’ve got Newmarket, Mt Eden shops, Greenwoods Corner and Epsom shops just minutes away, easy access to motorway onramps, bus and train networks and the CBD, and walking distance to the best schools in the country.”

Apartment layouts include one bedroom, one bedroom plus multi-purpose room, two and three bedroom units ranging from 43sqm to 111sqm, plus outdoor terraces which range from 6sqm to 36sqm.

Symphony303’s on-site sales display will include a display kitchen, bathroom and viewing platform. Prices range from $650k to $2.275M and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. 

Register your interest at www.symphony303.co.nz  to be the first to be informed of the display suite opening.

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