Tauranga, New Zealand

Ignite Architects

Form NZ

Exterior Soffits:
Vulcan Cladding in SIOO:X finish, WB10 Profile (145×20)

Latitude Luxury Apartments is a six-level luxury apartment development in the heart of Tauranga’s prestigious historic precinct. The design was inspired by the beauty of Tauranga and its surroundings, including Tauranga Harbor and Mount Maunganui.

Sustainability was central to the design, balancing form and function to create a durable, long-lasting structure. Ignite Architecture combined soft timber elements with harder elements to achieve the desired aesthetic. With maintenance and fire safety in mind, timber was the preferred material for the soffit linings. 

Abodo® SiOO:X Vulcan Cladding was chosen due to its dimensional durability and low maintenance needs. SiOO:X is a natural wood coating that weathers at a slower rate in soffit applications, creating a light color finish.

Weathered wood is an aesthetic that is increasingly sought after. Still, the challenge is how to achieve it without taking the risk of uneven weathering on different aspects of the building or in protected areas, such as overhanging soffit applications. SiOO:X provides a solution by mirroring the natural aging process by accelerating the creation of the silver-grey appearance and giving long-life protection in a completely environmentally friendly way.

Ignite Architects is a multi-disciplinary design firm specialising in architecture, interior design, master planning and urban design. They bring a dynamic and innovative approach to delivering world class design solutions that are both people-oriented and visually inspiring. With place making at the heart of their practice, they are dedicated to fostering engaged and vital communities.

At Form NZ,  they invest heavily in their people. You’ll like that! It means you get the best people, experience, capabilities and approach to your project. Their substantial years of combined project experience and their team of over 170 people means quite simply, that they understand your needs better.

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