Profile: Luke Leuschke is an architectural visionary with an impressive portfolio

From residential homes to projects of a larger scale, one of Luke’s most significant undertakings of the last year has been finessing the design of high-end apartment development, Jervois & Lawrence. The residences will sit high on the Jervois Road ridgeline, capturing the very best of the Herne Bay outlook. Inspired by international projects such as 565 Broome by Renzo Piano and The Bryant by David Chipperfield, Luke’s design process became centred around the people he envisaged as the development’s future residents. People who appreciated location, comfort and convenience without wanting to compromise on luxury or quality. A review of the renders shows how this idea will be embodied, with residents able to access the building from the quieter Lawrence Street (not Jervois Road) and each apartment boasting interiors designed by Stewart Harris of Macintosh Harris.

The apartments also feature ample decks that look out to some of Auckland’s most coveted vistas. North-west facing apartments have views from across The Hauraki Gulf to Te Atatu Peninsula. North-eastern apartments capture the cityscape and harbour, while eastern apartments look out over the inner city suburbs.

When speaking of the development, Luke explains that there were many factors that had to be considered. As well as fulfilling the client brief, they had to ensure a level of construction practicality, whilst not limiting the design. “We design holistically and like to bring stakeholders in as early as possible, such as the council, structural engineers and building material suppliers,” he admits. “In fact, we had the stone supplier for the exterior cladding engaged early in the process as we wanted to know how we could use it to its best effect.” 

Throughout our conversation, the underlying message seemed to come back to the importance of constructing high-quality, timeless buildings. The exterior of Jervois & Lawrence will feature the same style of travertine that is used generously throughout the Richard Meier-designed Getty Center in Los Angeles. The stone will be split-faced to clad the façade in simple rhythms, with the aim being to create a structure that will stand the test of time and look just as good in 100 years.

As the Unitary Plan opens up opportunity for increased densification on the city fringe and areas connected to transport, Luke is excited to become involved with more benchmark-setting projects such as Jervois & Lawrence. And with his considered aesthetic and urban nous, we can’t wait to see what’s next for the up-and-coming designer.