SOTO: Contemporary style in Auckland's most liveable suburbs

by Soto + Paperboy / 05 October, 2017

Views, generous spaces and sensitive architecture in Meadowbank

SOTO, an elegant new apartment complex elevated on the Remuera ridgeline, celebrates minimalist contemporary design for discerning residents looking to modernise their lifestyles. Architects Dean Mackenzie and Hamish Monk of Monk Mackenzie talk about designing this modern landmark.

What are the most memorable design elements of SOTO?

The key design challenge was the attempt to visually reduce the mass and height of the project. Every floor was wrapped in a balcony and every second balcony was encased with operable privacy screens, creating a private extension to the living spaces and creating, in effect, a larger space. This helps create the visual perception of a lower building. The materiality was also considered very closely. The base of the building is clad in a 40mm German limestone and creates a strong datum or podium that speaks to the ground. The upper levels are clad in glass and metal and suggest a much more lightweight and spacious language.

What other design considerations stick out as being unique to this site?

The site poses the challenges of densification that Auckland requires to both inject vitality and energise urban centres and also to avoid Auckland further spreading into suburbia. This requires a contextually appropriate response that is elegant and timeless.

What were some of the constraints of the design, and how did you approach them?

The site is steep, with an almost 10-metre level difference from the street down to the valley, but this difference creates an opportunity to terrace the development so all apartments get views across the townhouses to the harbour and the city. Through careful manipulation of the site, we also managed to create a large and sun-filled Central Park to the project that most residences look over.

Key features

SOTO’s thoughtful design is a collab between respected boutique property developer Southside Group and architects Monk Mackenzie.

Variety and location

SOTO offers 58 apartment Residences with seamless indoor-outdoor covered decks in a six level building, and seven independent three-storey Pavilions bordering its own Central Park. Apartment floor sizes range from 58m2 to 241m2 and balconies from 16m2 to 179m2. Soto is perfectly located, close to local shops, eateries, prestigious schools, public transport, motorways, and the popular eastern beaches. Levels three and five have private sky terraces for year-round living that adapt to light and weather.

Hare Interiors

Renowned interior designer Lauren Hare is creating elegant spaces with refined materials, careful craftsmanship and considered details. Features include aged brass fittings, travertine stone, oak timbers, and carpet in neutral or dramatic palettes. “Interior spaces at SOTO have been crafted to create a balance between living in the moment and retreating graciously,” she says.


SOTO has its own Central Park. Boffa Miskell is creating a 1100m2 terraced lawn and garden that gently cascades down the site’s northern slope, connecting the Residences to the Pavilions. Grass terraces create a generous sense of space while the edible gardens and central pergola with communal barbecue provide an invitation to explore and get to know other residents.

The on-site display suite is open for viewing at 6 Meadowbank Rd.

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