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Nic Ballara, an architect in partnership with others in Wellington since 2001, set up Poneke in 2016 to become Wellington's specialist urban infill practice. Poneke is an NZIA architecture practice, expert at working within design limitations and financial constraints, to create authentic and sustainable infill design projects within our urban setting. Good urban renewal is essential to both infill “missing teeth” from Wellington’s inner suburbs, and for redeveloping its many under-utilised properties. Unlike traditional suburban-piecemeal development, urban infill principles use surrounding urban fabric as context, activating neighbourhoods making them sustainable and lively. In this way increased density via suburban multi-units, subdivisions, inner city apartment conversions and laneways alike, all lead to well-designed and landscaped open-space with better community infrastructure. Working closely with developers means Poneke understands the risks and revenue potentials of our work, and the added value we bring clients with good architectural solutions. In short, we know our client’s “management of risk” drives development value, and that good urban infill projects allow great flexibility for us as architects, a win-win partnership that delivers results.

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Wellington Urban Infill projects, Wellington subdivisions, New Homes on tricky sites, Multi-Unit Developments, Resource Consents, Contemporary Homes, Compact Homes, Steep or Limited Access Sites, Small Homes, Apartments.

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New Zealand Registered Architect, New Zealand Institute of Architects

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