A grand opportunity

Work is well under way to turn The Grand in central Christchurch into a world-class destination, complete with an artisan French bakery, people-focused food court experience, visitor information centre, iconic restaurants, and bars and one of New Zealand’s largest outdoor plazas. Stage 1 of the project is already fully funded. A second crowdfunding campaign went […]

Passive makes perfect sense: Team Green Architects

Architecturally designed passive houses have come to the fore in recent years, and among the leading proponents is Team Green Architects. Its approach is to fully understand each client’s dream and vision, to follow world leading energy efficient design principals, focus on a beautiful architectural outcome, and bring together the best team to make that […]

Award-winning, simplicity of form: Chaney & Norman Architects

Architects Beth Chaney-Walker and Chris Norman formed a creative partnership in 2018, bringing together a mutual passion for sustainable, high performing homes. Their NZIA registered practice of architects and architectural graduates works collaboratively, drawing on their collective experience for their designs. One such outstanding design from Chaney & Norman Architects is the Ben Ōhau House, […]

Improve instead of move: Build Right Homes

As homeowners, it’s a reality that sometimes we outgrow our homes or fall out of love with our homes. They no longer fit with how we live our lives. This then leads to the dilemma of deciding whether you’ll take on a renovation project with the existing property or start from scratch to achieve the […]

New arena under way

Last month saw the blessing of the site of Te Kaha – Canterbury’s multi-use arena – by mana whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, and the first soil turned, signifying the start of construction of Christchurch’s final anchor project. An official site blessing of Te Kaha (the arena) and Te Kaharoa (the precinct), was followed by a soil-turning […]

The Influencers: Alison Adams

Experience it all The fiery autumnal colours of Ōtautahi Christchurch tell us that winter is coming but for our region’s visitor economy, it feels more like the thaw of spring. Omicron case rates are falling and “traffic light” settings have been loosened, borders are opening, and it has been good to see more people back […]

Shortlisted architecture projects

Fifty local projects have been shortlisted for the Canterbury Architecture Awards 2022. Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) will announce the winners on 8 July. The jury (judging panel) comprises Jane Rooney of Architectus and architects Jerome Buckwell of Crosson Architects and Jane Peddie of JHA, as well as lay juror Danny […]

Embracing raw beauty

Concrete has a reputation as the marmite of building materials. Where some see clean lines, strength, thermal and acoustic properties, longevity, and modernity, others see a bland and Orwellian bunker-like chill. None other than the illustrious Le Corbusier championed its use, pioneering the term beton brut, or raw concrete, while detractors promptly fashioned the phrase […]

A dream driftwood design: South Architects

There is something poetic about driftwood. Steeped in the ecological cycle, its journey begins as a living host, breaking away to follow a process of bleaching and smoothing, becoming home and food to a second ecosystem. Rotation is completed through breaking down to even smaller pieces, or quick carbonisation in a beach bonfire, toasting marshmallows, […]

Inner-city project perfection: Priority Projects

Fit-out, design-build, and project management company, Priority Projects recently completed two inner-city projects. A vacant floor below Bridgeside Chambers’ existing offices provided the ideal opportunity to expand and open an avenue for new members. Acting on a colleague’s recommendation, Bridgeside briefed Priority Projects to manage the project, who engaged their team of experienced contractors to […]