How stormwater makes Point Wells Matakana design unique
When you visit Point Wells, you immediately notice something different about this flourishing subdivision in Matakana – a delightful, picturesque region one hour north of Auckland.
What makes Point Wells so unique?
Apart from its location within the thriving region, the intentional integration of natural environment with carefully planned residential development, designer Linda Falconer’s touch, and the mutual understanding between us and the client that investment in quality and respect for the environment is the key to creating a subdivided that is not just a place for houses to be built, but a destination.
This successful land development at Point Wells has proven to be a success and has only improved in appearance since its development a decade ago.
Here are a few of the snaps we took while browsing this picturesque destination, if you ever find your way out there, it’s worth a visit to see what is possible when quality, the natural environment and careful design come together.
Upon arrival, visitors stand in front of an impressive entrance balanced by a central pond, featuring a coastal boardwalk that is simple, purposeful, and effective. This concept has been considered one of the best landscape examples of a subdivision in anyone’s book, and we can proudly state that all together, it is one of the best – if not the best- landscapes.
But there is one secret that makes this landscape what it is: stormwater.
Who says it needs to be pumped away from a town when it can create an impressive entrance instead? Ensuring we enhanced the natural integration of the coast, waterways and stormwater ponds, we created a reserve for people to enjoy. Point Wells has undoubtedly become a subdivision loved by many for its informal natural flowing forms.
Walking down its stunning street visitors will find how the simplicity of nature as the main feature in a streetscape design can bring a neighbourhood to life. More established streetscapes, no solid fencing allowed here and houses, set back to allow a garden presence onto the street.
Let’s not forget to mention the Garden Village of Matakana. This pier was an adventurous challenge of design. It stretches across the stormwater ponds to the harbour, making a day by the sea accessible to everyone. There was no resource consent required for this part of the project, so it was all knowledge, experience and hands in action!
As a final touch, we used art as a way to complement and enhance the landscape. We love celebrating local artists and including their work throughout our designs wherever possible, and we were fortunate enough to obtain some stunning chairs by Peter Lange. This unmovable furniture was added for general use in the reserves and beautifully complemented this subdivision’s character.
Point Wells was designed by Linda Joll about eight years ago. It is a clear example of how great taste, thoughtful design and a client with an eye for quality who cares for the natural environment can create a desirable seaside suburb. Every time we revisit one of our established sites, we are thrilled, and Point Wells is no exception!
So what makes Point Wells Matakana so unique? We invite you to visit it and find the answer - if you can!
20 September, 2021
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At Reset Urban Design, we offer a broad scope of services within the specialist areas of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. We also actively engage in research and have contributed two published books on the history of design in New Zealand.