express enlists the help of Interior Designer James Peters to put his expert eye up to the stylish new development, Botanica Heritage Mt Eden.

The city landscape is changing rapidly and contemporary architecture seldom sits well with its immediate environment. Today, there is a huge demand for new housing which has led architects and councils to propose a change in style to go along with the change in attitude.

What will strike you first about the Botanica Heritage redevelopment is the solidity of the structure. A sparingly unadorned and grounded presence of concrete and steel joinery, it is a building that projects security and refuge. Upon entering, you are welcomed by veneered timber and copper walls and exposed original brick façade.


With individual apartment boundaries defined, each present a generous stud height and floor plan with no tight spaces evident. Space and light appear to be foremost in the architect’s vision. Impressive is the sense of solidity reinforced with interiors of concrete plastered walls. Ceilings are framed by tall windows of original steel joinery and glass allowing light to flood the spaces. Some high windows ensure maximum wall space and privacy, but restrict a seated view of the bustling, urban chic area that is Mt Eden.

The internal fit-out concept boasts imaginative design applied to the individual spaces. Many of the interior features will present authentic materials such as stone, timber, brick, concrete beams. Additionally, new timeless installations such as stainless steel benches, lighting and understated premium kitchen / bathroom fittings modernize the space.

The south facing apartments although devoid of sun for part of the day do retain a good light factor. An added dimension is that most apartments will integrate the versatility of an indoor balcony. This space offers the dweller the option of creating either an indoor or outdoor space, a studio/office or imaginative conservatory.

Botanica Heritage is a fine example of a heritage building conversion being restructured with imagination and style.


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James Peters
James Peters has three decades of experience in Interior Design and has won a number of awards for his Design concepts. His most recent direction has been restoring architectural post war gems. Design and fine art are James’ passions and he is currently working on a solo art exhibition.