Project details

// Client -
Finch Street Limited Partnership
// Size -
6 Storey - 39 Residential Apartments
// Services -
// Architecture
// Building Information Modelling
// Construction Monitoring
// Fire Engineering
// Structural Engineering

Opened by Green Party MPs Chlöe Swarbrick and Ricardo Menéndez, Aalto paves the way for what sustainable urban living could look like in central Auckland. Intelligent design has transformed one dwelling into 39, with a shared penthouse residents lounge, work-from-home office and bookable guestroom. Instead of housing cars, the basement has an abundance of bike storage.

“Projects like this are leading the way in reimagining what our city can look like. Communal spaces which encourage people to build communities where they live and to break this idea that density has to be ugly. Actually, density can be beautiful, it can be aesthetically pleasant…” says Ricardo Menèndez.


Challenges: Basement, high groundwater level and brick façade

Continuing their strategic design, Ockham Residential developed downwards creating a basement and additional storage for future occupants. The basement provided an exciting challenge for our structural engineering team as the building was located in close proximity to the boundary which meant designing a temporary restraint of soil surrounding the basement excavation and construction was required. Due to the presence of ground water level within the basement depth the excavation and construction of the basement would require continuous dewatering by expensive pumping.

The six storeys of complex brick façade required engineering from our structural team.


Timber pole sacrificial temporary retaining piles were designed and installed to ensure safe excavation and construction of the basement. Our structural engineering was well coordinated with the project geotechnical engineer. To combat the presence of ground water in a cost-effective way an additional subsoil coil drainage (gravity system) was installed within and below the foundations. Our structural team were able to accommodate the drainage pipes in our foundations designs to avoid undertaking additional costly excavation.

Our structural team enjoyed finding effective solution optimizing the buildings structural performance and controlling the lateral seismic movement of the brick façade. This collaborative effort resulted in increased efficiency and cost-saving for the Ockham development.

Being a part of the team on this stunning central addition which showcases a new future for Auckland has been a real honour.

“It’s rewarding to support our client’s mission and provide them with a range of professional services to best meet the needs of their project.” Says Jan Jober, Auckland Regional Manager.

Media: Aalto new Morningside apartments without a single car park

Aalto exterior
Aalto external sign on red brick
bike storage in basement
Kitchen living
shared rooftop deck
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“Projects like this are leading the way in reimagining what our city can look like.” – Ricardo Menéndez, Green Party MP

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