multi-unit WINNER

A central Christchurch CBD apartment complex by Marcus Stufkens of Stufkens+Chambers Architects was one of 22 awards at the recent 2022 Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.

The Riverbank Quarter development (pictured) won the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling award. The design is a two-three storey complex of 14 mid-to-high market quality residential units and four street facing commercial tenancies.

Judges noted that the central CBD apartment complex is a successful response to the client’s brief to create a mixed-use development that is desirable to live in and reintroduces a social ecology back into the city. “This building is an elegant solution. It is an exploratory work incorporating four primary building masses, all with blocks seeking to ground the scale of the development to reflect the scale of the surrounding urban context.

“With subtle nods to the existing urban context and open porches of historic terrace housing, the design encourages a sense of welcome, while overcoming the need to elevate floor levels to comply with restrictive flood plan levels, creating a positive spin and creating additional privacy to the ground floor spaces,” they commented.

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