Client: Collins Group
Location: Christchurch / New Zealand
Project Conception: 07/01/2013
Project Status: Invited Competition
Project Value: N/A
As part of the on-going precinct redevelopment process bordering Christchurch’s Avon River and Gloucester St, Fourfoursixsix were invited to provide a scheme design for this prominent corner CBD site.
Having lost a large portion of its heritage buildings following the 2011 earthquake, our desire was to provide a design that referenced certain key elements of such architecture. The structural facade in reconstituted white stone pays homage to the classical rhythm and proportion found in much of the previous colonial heritage architecture throughout the city. This is emphasized further by the scale ambiguity created in the oversize entrance portico on the eastern façade. This treatment thus provides the building with a sense of civic scale and prominent stature, in keeping with its corner location.
A clean layout is provided by the centrally located entrance and compact core to the north west, also allowing the building to be easily occupied by two tenants per floorplate. Further intrigue is created by the interior design of the lobby space that picks up on the angular nature of the site through the subtle use of angled metallic elements and also the mid tier roof terrace that provides attractive immediate views as well as far reaching across the Avon River.