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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!



Award-winning Architype: Architype NZ

At Farmers’ Corner, a tourist focused retail and restaurant business just outside of Ashburton, the owners decided to commission a new bathroom facility outside the main complex. They briefed Architype to create a unique “experience-centred bathroom facility,” and just like that, visiting the restroom was never the same again.



Director of Architype Tim Ross and his team delivered a New Zealand Institute of Architects award-winning pavilion which connects visitors to its rural landscape, and you can see why the judges just couldn’t go past this audacious, original, and downright breath-taking structure.

The pavilion is constructed of a lattice of timber framing supporting a faceted glass roof. The timber structural grid is supported on a series of Oamaru sandstone fins which provide the divisions for the bathrooms and form the central open area. Located on the entry axis of the main building, the axis continues right through the centre of the pavilion and leads the eye out into the landscape.

Either side of the central axis, the pavilion is divided into private bathroom modules looking through full height fritted glass to the fields beyond.

“We knew this location required something special,” says Tim. “And we are thrilled our clients’ vision for a bathroom beyond the norm allowed us to create something that we believe will be wowing visitors for decades to come.”


Windows flying out the door: NK Windows

With international travel largely off the agenda, Kiwis are turning their attention to improving their homes, with everything from wardrobes to windows receiving close attention. Martin Ball of NK Windows tells Metropol about the window options flying out the door.



Martin has noticed a major increase in renovation activity.

“We are ready and able to make stunning windows for every home style and situation,” he says.

“We offer a range of over 45 colours, with the woodgrain finishes being popular at the moment, as well as opting for different exterior and interior colours.”

The sliding door range is popular with clients seeking to enhance their indoor-outdoor flow. It comes in four main types; multi slide (stacker), tilt and slide, smart slide, and lift and slide.

Included in this range is some of the only true airtight sliders in New Zealand.

The team create thermally efficient uPVC windows and doors, “because they are warmer, safer, quieter, and greener,” says Martin.

The window profiles are manufactured in Germany under strict environmental regulations.

NK Windows

“PVC doesn’t contribute to deforestation or require massive energy resources or regular maintenance. Most people are surprised to learn about the environmental friendliness of PVC,” he says.

Celebrating 20 years in business this year, the team is one of the most experienced in uPVC windows and doors in New Zealand.

Martin says: “We’ve seen pretty much every situation and solved every problem so far – we do love a challenge.”


Refined reflection: Coll Architecture

This very established suburb of Christchurch has seen the seasons come and go for well over one hundred years. Mitchell Coll, Architect at Coll Architecture has employed this continuity in this awarding-winning design in Chapter Street, St Albans.

“We used white materials and variable textures to change the appearance of the building through differing times of the day and year,” he says of the 338m2 property which won Canterbury/Westland Residential New Home over 300m2 in the Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ), recently.

“As the sun moves across the building the shadows change to alter the overall appearance of the building, while the white reflects the colour of the sky.”

The home is centred around the kitchen fulfilling the needs of a busy family. Functionality was key to the brief: The kitchen needed to be large enough to be used by multiple occupants simultaneously, with several access points and easy access to the outdoor kitchen and BBQ area.

Entering the home illustrates a generosity of space with a double height, light filled entry where shadows are cast from the timber internal and aluminum external louvred screens.

Sustainability runs through the design with detailing for energy efficiency.

Details include studsavers to reduce thermal bridging, upgraded insulation, the considered placement of windows, and a white palate to reduce overheating and reduce long-term maintenance.

Coughlan Construction built the home and Director Patrick Coughlan says: “It was great to be part of this project from the very start, and helping the owners through the complete journey meant we were able to provide a more client focussed home that meets their current and future needs.”

Patrick’s project management systems combine with the personal touch, which leads to a total living solution.

For the team, the build reinforced the importance of creating a partnership approach.

The result is a home with a great open plan flow – high doorways give the spaces a sense of connection when the doors are open, and this holds true not only internally but from inside to outside as well.


Gleniti oasis: Chilton + Mayne Architecture

This elegant sanctuary at Gleniti strikes the perfect balance of personal and social space. Designed by Chilton + Mayne Architecture, the brief called for a modern, contemporary family home which maximises space, sunlight and views, and which works in harmony with the site.



Director Garry Mayne and his team ensured large windows and sliders create a fluid transition from indoor living spaces to the covered outdoor area and decking.

The swimming pool and sheltered outdoor living maximises the external environment, and each space experiences the wonderful views to the immediate environment and beyond.

Open plan living with a raking ceiling contributes to the sense of airy calm and makes for seamless entertaining with a state-of-the-art kitchen at its heart. Glazed opening placements have all been carefully considered in a passive solar design approach of harnessing and managing the sun’s energy and storing it in the thermal mass of the polished concrete floors.

The 374 sqm home sets a crisp architectural statement with the use of white plaster cladding alongside local Timaru Bluestone accents adding depth and contrast.

The Bluestone is carried into the interior and is also used in the landscaping.



Local architecture shines on national stage

A handful of Canterbury architects and buildings have been shortlisted in the New Zealand Architecture Awards.



The shortlist was whittled down to 45 from the hundreds of regional winners, including 25 from Canterbury, as part of the annual peer-reviewed programme run by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).

Amongst those shortlisted are Architype’s Bathroom Pavilion in Ashburton in the commercial category; Athfield Architect’s Rehua building at the University of Canterbury in the education category; Coll Architecture’s multi-unit category finalist on Madras Street; WSP Architecture’s interior architecture category finalist for St Patrick’s Church in Lincoln, and Sheppard & Rout Architects’ Dark Sky Project at Lake Takapō in the public architecture category.

The next stage of judging will see the awards jury visit each building around New Zealand on a nationwide tour.

The jury is led by Auckland architect Michael Thomson and includes fellow architects Lynda Simmons, Fiona Short and Anthony Hoete.

Michael says the shortlisted projects demonstrate the breadth of work undertaken by New Zealand architects, and it was particularly pleasing to see five in the multi-unit category.


“There has been a shortage of good-quality multi-unit housing in New Zealand, and it’s good to see this type of building getting the attention it needs from architects and their clients.”

Shortlisted projects elsewhere around the country include an opera house, a bowling club, an airport terminal and an eco-sanctuary.


Going greener: WSP Architecture


Duncan Bright – WSP Architecture Christchurch Studio Leader and Principal Architect

World Green Building Week was held in September and is the annual campaign that empowers us all to deliver greener buildings.

This year’s theme was #ActOnClimate. Aotearoa, like the rest of the world is currently facing substantial challenges.

We need stimulus packages to combat the economic impacts of Covid-19 and we need to slash our climate pollution to halt the growing number of climate emergencies that countries worldwide are facing each year.

Buildings account for more than one-third of global carbon emissions and therefore these challenges will not be solved unless we start to deliver greener buildings.

Investment in greener buildings will stimulate innovation, activate supply chains and create jobs, while also supporting a healthier and more sustainable built environment, and creating thriving and resilient communities throughout Aotearoa.

All of us have a key role to play.

As a member of the New Zealand Green Building Council, WSP Architecture challenges ourselves and our clients to deliver greener buildings.

For our new three-storey building currently being constructed at Cathedral College for the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch, we have embraced Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) technology in an innovative way to not only provide a resilient structural solution but also achieve significant savings in lifecycle carbon emissions when compared to more conventional steel or concrete solutions.

The time to act is now and, no matter where you are, I challenge you to #ActOnClimate.

Stunning sustainable design: Weir Architecture

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the former eight-storey Latimer Apartments has overcome its troubled earthquake past to re-emerge as Canopy Apartments – a fabulous complex comprising 40 individual apartments overlooking Latimer Square and its century-old trees.



With options of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and four two-storey penthouse apartments, this is the ultimate in niche inner-city nesting.

Purchased in 2015, the brief given to Weir Architecture was to entirely modernize and reinvigorate the 21-year-old building.

The work entailed reinstating the previously demolished rear section of the building, enclosing the south-facing open external breezeway, incorporating a second high-speed lift, and creating a warm, welcoming covered entry and reception area.

The remainder of the building was meticulously re-planned and reconfigured, floor by floor, to maximise the efficiencies of the limited spaces available.

Superior fittings, materials and finishes were specified throughout kitchens, bathrooms and ensuites, while new double glazing and higher levels of insulation enhanced the building’s thermal envelope.

The building is owned by Mark Lanyon and Shane Le Compte of Lanyon & Le Compte Construction.

The pair have completed a number of landmark projects around Christchurch, including the post-quake remediation of an “as is, where is” office building which became the city’s tallest hotel, the Crowne Plaza.

Weir Architecture are founding members of the New Zealand Green Building Council.

Imperative to its ethos is to find alternative, innovative ways to repurpose buildings that would otherwise become landfill.

Canopy Apartments is a triumph in sustainable design and construction; it’s a building Christchurch can be proud of.