Built alongside the Avondale Racecourse, Set – our tenth development – enjoys sweeping views toward the Waitakere Ranges.  

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. 


One of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, almighty Avondale is famous for its Sunday market, racecourse, and hubbub of community.

Although just 10km out from the CBD, Avondale has west Auckland sensibilities, bordering the estuarial Whau River – a branch of the Waitematā Harbour – and with clear views toward the Waitakere Ranges.

Significant investment in local infrastructure, coupled with the upgrade of the Avondale Railway Station in 2010, has attracted new businesses and eateries to the area, while it retains a core identity like no other in Auckland.