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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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.     The rebuild of […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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.   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 […]