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A winning transformation


Sheppard and Rout is delighted with its win in the Public Architecture: Repurposed Spaces section of the NZIA regional awards for an incredible transformation of the new home for the Majestic Church.



“The fundamental approach to the site was to provide a layered integration from the street into the heart of the Majestic spaces,” says the company’s Associate Director and Project Leader Matt Gutsell. “A courtyard between the existing buildings provides a connection from foyer, informal gathering spaces to an entry deck and terrace, with concrete pillars to the street frontage creating a layered delineation to the street frontage.”

The project involved the transformation of a collection of dilapidated industrial machinery and fabrication sheds into an exciting new home for the church. Following Sheppard and Routs’ reimagination plus reuse of existing materials, the complex incudes a variety of multi-purpose spaces such as an auditorium, foyer, recording, dance and arts studio.

“The outcome balances the expression of raw existing industrial materials with modern functions and spatial connections,” says Matt. The auditorium sits at the heart of the complex, where the main gable is conceived as a series of scales which step back from the street frontage to the courtyard and which are punctured by a steel framed diamond-shaped window, creating a connection into the auditorium from the footpath. Façade lighting completes the vibrant identity of the Majestic space.



Stunning schist design: Draftline Architecture

An eye-catching new building has been evolving at stunning Lake Tekapo. Dubbed the “Hocken Motel” this beautiful, natural schist-clad accommodation is the work of Timaru-based architectural design company Draftline.



Company Principal and lead designer Pat Coll says the developers, Andrew and Grant Hocken “pretty much gave Draftline free rein” to use its experience in the Mackenzie Country and decades of residential and commercial design experience to create something extra special, befitting of such a quality build platform.

The only stipulation being a desire for a somewhat grand reception area and as many rooms as possible with optimum views.

One design challenge to overcome in the project was giving each room a view – but not a view of its neighbour. Draftline avoided this happening by staggering the main rooms, so they are all facing either the lake or the Tekapo River, with discrete partition walls.

Sounds like a dream job, but it is really a testimony to the trust that Draftline builds with its clients.

Pat says: “We’ve undertaken many commercial and residential projects for the Hocken’s now, so we know what they like and our working relationship goes back many years.”

Give Pat or the team a call to talk about innovative design and project ideas on (03) 688 8455 or visit the website.


Stunning design finalist: Sheppard and Rout

A prominent site adjacent to the Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge called for a memorable design, and the judges of the NZIA 2021 competition agreed that Sheppard and Rout exceeded that brief with its stunning FMG Office building project, selecting it as a finalist in the NZIA national competition.



The client required a building with a very strong relationship to its site – it needed to form a key component of the point of entry to Christchurch Airport.

“The extruded building form is derived from its relationship to the adjacent motorway and Memorial Ave corridor,” explains Associate Director Matt Gutsell.

“The folded façade and angled sunshade screen provide a sense of movement, and an effect of parallax as you transition from the off-ramp to slower pace of the airport precinct.”

The building’s ground floor is set back to allow the form to hover above the ground plane and the undulating landscape forms below.

“The building is part of a sequence of events and forms that relate to each other, evoke dynamism and movement, to enhance the experience of arrival,” says Matt.

The effect is striking, a clear and vibrant marker of Christchurch’s international gateway. You can phone Sheppard and Rout on (03) 366 1562.


Awarding local architecture: NZIA

Spectacular homes, striking commercial buildings and artistic community facilities are among 42 Canterbury projects shortlisted in the 2021 Canterbury Architecture Awards. The projects signal the start of the highly anticipated annual Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects awards programme.



The shortlist was compiled by the Canterbury branch of the national industry body, led by William Fulton of Fulton Ross Team Architects and rounded out by Craig Moller of Moller Architects, Peter Kent, Biljana Pesun and lay juror Jenny May.

The winners will be announced on May 19, and include a number of beautiful homes around Christchuch across three housing categories. One is The Idris House by Alessandro Quadrelli Architetto (featured on this issue’s cover).

A stately Spanish-esque home overlooking Governors Bay by Philip Kennedy Associates Architects, a home made from concrete and copper by South Architects, and Spark Square by Sheppard & Rout Architects are also included.


Other shortlisted projects were across the hospitality, education, heritage, public architecture, interior architecture, education and small project architecture categories.

These include the New Brighton hot pools, He Puna Taimoana, by AW Architects and Select Contracts; Waipapa Christchurch Hospital (formerly known as Christchurch Acute Services Building) by Warren and Mahoney Architects, Chow:Hill Architects and Thinc Health, and the Taylor’s Mistake Surf Lifesaving Club Pavilion by Wilson & Hill Architects.

The Public Trust Building and Muse hotel, both by Three Sixty Architecture, are also finalists, as is Lyttleton’s Eruption Brewery by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture and Studio at the Yard by Three Sixty Architecture.


A full list of finalists, and tickets for the awards evening on May 19 at the Christchurch Town Hall, are available at Metropol will feature some of the projects in more detail in coming issues.


Opening up architecture

A new festival will celebrate architectural excellence in Christchurch, opening up some of the city’s most notable buildings to the public for one weekend. Open Christchurch will see 46 buildings open the doors to give the public a first-hand experience of great design, for free.




On May 15 and 16, Te Pūtahi Christchurch – centre for architecture and city-making – in conjunction with building owners and kaitiaki will host the event. Each building has been selected by Te Pūtahi and a process of public nomination for its cultural, architectural and historical significance.

Collectively, the buildings tell the story of Christchurch through architecture; ranging in ages, styles, functions and uses – from institutional and public buildings through to private residences.




The full programme will be released soon, but it expected to feature buildings including Turanga, Christchurch Boys’ High School, Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church, The Christchurch Town Hall and others, as well as five homes of architectural significance which are not open at any other times.

Curated itineraries will also be released for the public to experience a range of activities, guided walks and behind-the- scenes experiences and learn about great design from the inside.


Visit the website, or search Open CHCH on Facebook or Instagram for more information and the full programme.


Creating culturally inclusive architecture: WSP Architecture

As Architects we have a unique opportunity to imagine an architectural tapestry weaving together thousands of threads required, to create a built environment that reinforces rich memories, stories and values while also creating spaces to embrace our dynamic multicultural community relationships particularly reflective of our Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership.


Harvey Duncan, Principal Architect at WSP Architecture


The rebuild of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquakes has been a huge catalyst in advancing a more bi-culturally inclusive design process. Historically, the city layout and its architecture reflects a strong monocultural English influence with minimal consideration of our local Māori Treaty partners Ngāi Tūāhuriri who have long dwelt on the Canterbury plains.

We need to listen to their rich stories and values, weaving these intrinsically into the deepest fabric of our built environment.

As principal architects on the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct we spent four years engaging with the Ministry of Justice, Ngāi Tūāhuriri and their appointed artists developing integrated designs, a unique visual identity founded on their values, narratives and aspirations that endeavor to create a deep resonance and inclusiveness.

Te Omeka, the name gifted to the precinct, reflects Tahu Potiki Ratana’s vision that, “The treaty will be realised when the hearts and minds of all peoples speak as one.”

Architects can champion Te Ratana’s vision, and with our clients, foster multicultural engagement so the projects we create will provide a rich and inclusive city-wide tapestry.



The masters of plaster: Canterbury Exterior Plasterers

With 33 years in the business, every client of Canterbury Exterior Plasterers is assured of expertise, reliability, and gorgeous results. What you don’t get, however, is a team set in its ways.



The latest products, identifying the right product for the job, new skills, and a variety of challenging projects are what drive these five craftsmen.

The brief for the project in St Andrews square had the team on fire: a unique and bespoke exterior plaster finish for the garage to complement the cedar-clad home.

It required a spectre finish acheived with Rockcote product, a waterbased exterior plaster.

“It was our first time using the product and we thoroughly enjoyed the learning process,” says Director Scott.

“The broom finish required the lines to be absolutely straight but hand done in one motion. We mastered it and the result speaks for itself.”

The team specialise in both interior and exterior plastering in everything from heritage buildings, new builds, EQC work, whole buildings or feature walls.

“Whatever the project large or small, we deliver and our clients are happy.”

Phone Scott on 021 940 945 to discuss your plastering needs.




Coastal cool: Jessop Architects

Rising out of the farmland and up from the idyllic beach, this sophisticated holiday home overlooking Waipu Cove, north of Auckland was masterminded by Jessop Architects and incorporates the warmth and uniqueness of natural timber throughout.



Architect Darren Jessop says the project arose after he and his team renovated the owner’s Auckland villa. The resulting modern coastal holiday home on the generous elevated site fulfils the brief for a simple, low-maintenance getaway which capitalises on sweeping views and maximises indoor-outdoor entertaining areas.

The L-shaped form of the house points east out to the Hen and Chicken Islands along the bedroom wing, and north up the coast to Marsden Point and Whangarei Heads along the living wing.

Extensive 3.2m joinery can be opened or closed to cater for wind direction, without compromising on panoramic views.

The team delivered a dream holiday home in a restrained material palette of concrete, cedar and aluminium: both unpretentious and durable against the marine environment.

The stunning home separates living and sleeping to take advantage of the sweeping coastal views, and free-flowing outdoor entertainment spaces are protected from onshore and prevailing winds.

Multiple options for opening and closing the indoor spaces, together with a covered outdoor room, complete with kitchen and fireplace off the north side of the living wing, create possibilities for all weather conditions.

Inside, the home reflects the simplicity of the exterior, with materials enhancing the indoor-outdoor flow.

Cedar sarking on the ceilings carries through uninterrupted to the soffits, and is matched with wide-planked oak on the floors.


The Western Red Cedar interior sarking and exterior soffits were sourced and machined by JSC Timber.

“We were lucky enough to be involved, and for us it’s wonderful to deliver high quality products and see it used like this,” says JSC Timber’s Johnny Dobbyn.

“The chosen species of timbers used will help ensure longevity or sustainability and look of the build with minimal maintenance.”

Likewise, the ethically sourced Iroko hardwood decking is non-leeching and stable, making it ideal for withstanding the seaside environment, says Johnny.


Airport’s architectural appetiser: Sheppard and Rout Architects

The FMG office building sits adjacent to the Memorial Gateway Bridge and is prominently situated at the entrance to Christchurch Airport. It’s a building that immediately draws the eye with a sense of dynamic that makes that trip to and from the airport that much more visually rewarding, emphasising that you are approaching your destination.



The undulating façade and building form reference movement and transition from the motorway into the airport precinct, thereby creating a strong complementary structure to the Gateway overbridge.

For first-time visitors to our city, the FMG building could be described as an “architectural appetiser”, an introduction to what lies beyond Memorial Avenue – the new, bold and daring architecture that is rapidly becoming the signature of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The designer behind the FMG building is Matt Gutsell, Associate Director of Sheppard and Rout Architects.

Matt’s interest in the use of natural materials and the tectonics of detailing modern buildings while incorporating passive environmental design is very much in evidence on the building.

The FMG office building comprises 1700sqm of high-quality office space, with on-site car parks, and a bike park and green space that’s shared with tenants from adjacent buildings, including ANZCO and PGG Wrightson.

It completes the development of the Agri-Export commercial precinct at Christchurch International Airport.


Good things take time: WSP Architecture

The process of conceiving a civic project of importance can span not just months, but years and even decades.


Julian O’Sullivan
WSP Architecture Studio Director, Southern

I’ve been lucky in my career to be involved in several pieces of public architecture, but none more interesting than the recently opened Heritage Centre on Rakiura Stewart Island.

Born out of necessity to provide a new purpose-built facility to re-house the island’s museum exhibition, the project began almost 10 years ago.

As the first piece of civic infrastructure constructed on the island in over 25 years, the project developed a rich narrative supported by its strong connection with the ocean, maritime history, local iwi, community and environment.

Te Puka O Te Waka speaks of the anchor of the waka, the vessel that holds the taonga of Rakiura.

The striking form of the building represents the prow of the vessel which floats above the ground paying homage to the maritime reference.

Two physical anchors representing the Maōri and European history of Rakiura Stewart Island proudly anchor the building to the site.

The preservation and conservation of a history as rich as Rakiura, Aotearoa’s Anchor, is a testament to the tireless efforts of the volunteers of the Rakiura Heritage Trust.

As a designer for WSP Architecture I am proud to have been involved as it reflects our kaupapa of, “creating what matters for future generations”.

This socially conscious piece of civic architecture continues our legacy to create spaces and places for all to enjoy.

There has never been a better time for New Zealanders to reconnect with their heritage and I recommend a visit to not only the museum but to experience the hospitality of the local community – you won’t be disappointed!