Set is named after Set theory, a fundamental idea in mathematics that elements can be grouped to form a collection of objects or ‘sets’. The development, finished in 2018, is comprised of three buildings. We’ve rather cutely dubbed these ‘Subsets’.
Subsets A and B consist of two three-level walk-ups and are styled as homes with a more traditional – some might say even retro – look and feel. They contain 42 apartments between them. Then there’s Subset C, the third and largest of the buildings. This has six storeys plus a basement and 30 apartments. Clever orientations mean that many of the homes at Set take in the Waitakere Ranges.
Responding to original architecture of the area, Subsets A and B feature pitched roofing that harks back to the stables around the racecourse. The nearby historic St Ninian's Church, with its orange-red steeple and crisp white walls is also a design influence. Keen viewers of Set will notice circular patterning on the exteriors: a subtle nod to Venn diagrams, a visual tool used in mathematics to represent set theory.
Finished in 2018, although parking is available for its residents, Set continues with Ockham’s focus on encouraging a car-free lifestyle, and has 74 bike parks. It is located within minutes’ walk of the Avondale Train Station. As is the nature of Ockham buildings, there’s also a communal residents’ space for everyone to use.