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Rhubarb Lane in Auckland's CBD has been designed to offer an holistic community environment within a city-centre context

City-centre community

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First recognised in the late ‘70s and gaining wider credence in recent years, the concept of work-life balance has many adherents, not least of whom you'll find within the field of architecture, and in the concept behind Rhubarb Lane, Victoria Quarter in Auckland's CBD. Mixed-use developments that offer a range of residential, commercial and retail options are rising in popularity and offer a real sense of community.

"Rhubarb Lane, presented by Multiplex Living, is a property and lifestyle offer that brings an international dynamic to a local market," says Tim Willing, Multiplex Living director, sales and marketing Australia and New Zealand. "A line-up of international architects – including Ian Moore Architects, the firm behind No. 1 Rhubarb Lane – has been invited to collaborate in the project, which encapsulates intelligent, sustainable design principles that will be brought into being within a diverse range of spaces."

The six buildings of Rhubarb Lane, each by a different architect, offer 77 aPods – loft spaces suitable for residential or commercial occupation, or both, says Willing. "By choosing to live where they work, inhabitants of Rhubarb Lane will create their own community. Village-style shopping, parks and pedestrian-friendly streets – these are the framework of Rhubarb Lane, but its true worth lies in those who will choose to live, work and play there."

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First published date: 29 June 2010

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