Thornwood is a quality suburban development of 164 apartments, terraced houses and a crèche in a carefully modulated series of buildings on a 1.1 ha site.
Located at a prominent junction beside a busy main road, the design solution for this elevated site is driven by a requirement to respect the immediate neighbours, benefit from the wonderful views to the east and west, and respond to the local authority’s desire for a gateway marker building at the southern corner.
The scheme is planned around a central landscaped courtyard above a basement carpark. Two-storey terraced housing accessed from the first floor courtyard form the eastern edge adjacent to the rear gardens of adjoining low density houses. The apartment buildings step up gradually from three storeys at the eastern edge to five and six storeys at the roadway boundary to the west. An eight storey cranked slender tower creates the landmark corner. Apartments are generous in size ranging from 1/2 beds to 3 bed duplex units and penthouses elsewhere, with the majority of units at the upper levels enjoying unrestricted sea views to the east and mountains views to the west.