Hidden down a long drive the house rises stoically on a generous section bordered by trees. An East - West running plan gives the spaces a common view of the leafy garden to the North. A series of bifolding doors from the dining space allows the interior to connect with an external deck and wider site.
The precast concrete wing walls add a veil of privacy between the interior and exterior life of this voluminous home. The exterior finishes focus on a natural material palette of steel, concrete and timber. Meanwhile the interior spaces are playful with colourful tile selections and bespoke finishes. The dramatic double height full glazed open living spaces contrast the more intimate spaces of the home. This shift in ceiling height and change in materiality helps to delineate between the varying functions of the rooms.
NZIA Awards 2017 Winner - Canterbury Architecture Award
The Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP) consists of four simple building forms wrapped in black metal cladding and lined with pine plywood that are placed within a forest of pines to create a Village Green atmosphere.
The cafe concept is based on a folded roof plane draped over a series of timber posts and beams. The roof cantilevers out over a large deck area, with views out to the wider park. The cafe is sited to be slightly elevated, however sits well in its landscape.
Elements were prefabricated to help ease constraints of the project such as a tight time-frame and budget. Clear definition of architectural elements and a consistency of approach have resulted in an award winning outcome.
NZIA Awards 2016 Winner - Canterbury Architecture Award
On a narrow Sumner section, this modest home - a rebuild option for clients who were red-zoned further up the valley - wraps considerately around a large maple tree and a private courtyard.
From low-slung street frontage, the house subtly bends and folds up to accommodate a second level to the rear. With a simple palette of new and recycled materials, clever planning and intelligent composition this is an award winning contemporary home.
Best Awards 2018 - Gold Hospitality
A microbrewery, restaurant & bar located in Sydenham, Christchurch. This multifaceted offering is unique in its commitment to sustainability and the desire to connect with local community.
The clients were keen to integrate sustainable initiatives into the project. The Fermentist is a test bed for innovation - providing a commercial platform for new ideas. Solar panels on the roof, rainwater harvesting, repurposing of existing furniture, use of LED's and sourcing fare from suppliers who are similarly green-minded are some of the ways they aim to achieve this.
The space itself is arranged to house the restaurant, bar and open kitchen in the main double height space with a small private tasting room tucked into a corner. Large glazed double doors and a series of windows separate this space from the commercial facilities. The brewery and the canning operation line either side of the back entry passage. Entry from the carpark directs patrons between the facilities where one can observe a close-up view of the process – the sounds, steam & smell.
After inheriting an existing building, we stripped back years of office fit-outs, false ceilings and fluorescent lights to expose the bricks, concrete-beams and a series of existing skylights, previously concealed. The resultant natural light adds another dimension to the space.
In the brewery the kettles and equipment largely speak for themselves. A clean stainless steel aesthetic contrasts the restaurant where we aimed to bring warmth into the industrial shell. The commitment to sustainability coupled with a limited fitout budget lead to a material palette of laminated pine for the custom furniture, recycled/reused oak for the bar, and a number of features in steel, pressed metal, mirror and brass. Bespoke handcrafted lighting unifies the space. A surprise of the fitout is the tasting room which is housed in the historic concrete bank vault. A hidden gem – occupants enter an intimate space where two circular mirrors see you enjoy a beverage in “infinity”, with feature lighting and a brass clad ceiling.
Flexible furniture (much of which is strategically on castors) allows for the space to be easily transformed with longer shared tables and bar units along with more traditional tables.
This contempory building is designed to maximise the connection to the pedestrian spaces, incorporating extensive ground floor glazing and entrances, complimented with upper floor Juliet balconies.
The immersive frontage includes vertical perforated bronze anodised aluminium fins set at contrasting levels to reference the site’s origin as two separate titles.
Recessed balconies are also a feature of the Cashel St façade, aincluding the top floor apartment being set back to give the building a smaller visual scale.
Interior Awards 2016 Winner - Workplace (Up to 1,000m2)
Best Awards 2015 - Silver Colour Award Spatial
Best Awards 2015 - Bronze Office & Workplace Environments
Accommodating multiple businesses into half the previous space while maintaining comfortable areas was key for this Christchurch workplace. Housing architects, designers, interior and landscape architects, the space needed to reflect its inhabitants and their design ethos with inherent flexibility.
A building penciled in to be demolished was the canvas, and we started by restoring the roof to its original rimu sarking and finishing the insides of the external walls in a natural plaster, leaving all the beams exposed. A real feature is the black strandboard producing a tessellated, almost psychedelic look.
The Interiors Awards Judges described the design as “ingenious space planning and the judicious use of colour produce an unexpected cross between grunge and minimalism; between bohemian art studio and a successful hovel of creativity”
The Tai Tapu house is situated on a west facing hill on the lower slopes of the Port Hills, falling within the Outstanding Natural Landscape zone, and was subject to a rigorous resource consent process in regards to its visual impact.
The building is nestled into the land, bunkering in with upper level landscape walls, allowing the prevailing winds to roll over the top of the house and courtyard and reducing its imprint on the landscape.
The material palette emphasises the sculptural form – a slick black wedge of Swiss Pearl expressed panels, with has areas of relief cut into it in monolithic white. The retaining walls are treated in a monolithic natural plaster rising out of the landscape. Timber decking and flooring brings warmth to the material palette.
The vision for the Governors Bay Community Centre called to integrate the ideas and aspirations of the community from the outset, fostering pride of place and sense of community ownership over the project.
The building is split into two forms, the Community Centre proper, and an external WC block that doubles as a public facility to service the large number of walkers that begin a coastal trail from the Governors Bay Wharf. These two main forms are connected via a polycarbonate canopy that extends to the street and creates a sense of entrance and arrival.
The single-pitch roof extends out at an angle from the southern and northern walls creating covered decks at each end and the external material palette consists of black vertical ribbed colour steel cladding, white fibre cement board and natural horizontal cedar weatherboards.
Integrate the ideas and aspirations of the community from the outset to foster a pride of place and sense of community ownership over the project. (copied text)
This modern abode uses a combination of texture, elevations and spatial awareness to truly highlight the space.
The main focus was the road appeal with the dramatic elevated wooden panel bedroom, framed by the multi textural entrance of formed concrete tessellation, large tile driveway, and complimentary plantings.
Particular attention was given to the indoor outdoor flow for the entertaining aspect of this suburban home.
NZIA Awards 2012 Winner - Canterbury Architecture Award
This house is an exciting insertion into a drab suburban landscape. A well-considered use of materials, in particular, cor-ten steel, artful detailing and a well laid out plan combine to form an exciting home.
The cladding in its raw form wraps and protects the house, while the planning configuration opens the rooms to an expansive vista. Clever details such as the glazed wall stair and glazed garage assist to float the form above the landscape and place the occupant in the view.
St John Hub
The St John Hub was designed to facilitate a fast moving, critical service for the city of Christchurch. Ambulances return to base to be cleaned, disinfected and restocked, ready for the next emergency. This location also had to accommodate storage for supplies, vehicles and staffing requirements.
Key directives were for practical pathways in this high use environment, with design focused on hygiene and cleanliness. Polycarbonate was used to enhance natural lighting in a high ceiling situation and the frontage was modern, clean and clear.
Volcanic ridge lines are echoed by the angular dimension of this unique roof profile. Taking cues from the nature, the cedar cladding, decking, and exposed corten steel give a sense of place. The laser cut corten steel screens break up the natural elements and add visual impact to the entrance.