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CREDIT FOR IMAGE: Zenhusen, by Mads Mandrup Hansen of C.F. Møller Architects

The missing middle: medium density housing and its ever growing need

In an age where sustainability is front of mind, and the Bank of Mum and Dad are becoming one of the country’s biggest lenders, medium density housing might just be the answer.

CREDIT FOR IMAGE: Zenhusen, by Mads Mandrup Hansen of C.F. Møller Architects
CREDIT FOR IMAGE: Zenhusen, by Mads Mandrup Hansen of C.F. Møller Architects

Affordable, sophisticated living with a strong focus on community and proximity to amenities, this architectural typology is definitely not short of fans offshore and is establishing itself as a smart living solution on home soil. Dubbed ‘the missing middle’, medium density is classified by the Ministry for Education as comprehensive developments including four or more dwellings with an average density of less than 350 m2 per unit.
In plain speak this translates to a new generation of housing that ticks all the boxes, something that is summarised best by Architectural Designers of New Zealand CEO Astrid Andersen. “When done well, medium density can benefit the whole of New Zealand; we see improved health outcomes, less car usage and less power usage. (It) meets the requirements of a diverse community with mixed housing options; creates communities; keeps New Zealand arable land for arable use and fulfils key sustainability principles.”
Explore Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration if you’re in the market for a new abode. You may have found your dream home with the missing middle.