Client: Amhurst Properties
Location: Christchurch / New Zealand
Project Conception: 16/09/11
Project Status: Completed
Project Value: $20,000,000 NZD
Taking into account the changeable condition of adjacent sites, our proposal for 70-72 Gloucester Street was designed to suit not only its current stand-alone setting, but also to relate with its surrounding context on a more long-term level, to form a key part of the area’s developing urban programme.
The building’s design accommodates the solidity of the enhanced structural code, whilst empathising with the current social climate by acknowledging the building’s solidity through a more tangible and visible link with its structure.The east facade emphasises and promotes this solidity, whilst preparing for future development of the adjacent site. The result is a commercial design more akin to a public sector or civic structure; this art led and public sector attitude intends to compliment the adjacent Coca building and nearby Christchurch Art Gallery.
The dark aluminium cladding draws inspiration from this adjacent scheme design, whilst the intriguing light/dark, indoor/outdoor contrast draws influence from contemporary gallery spaces worldwide.The relatively square format of the site has been fragmented through the creation of a rational, yet playful series of differing sized “building blocks” above a first floor level hovering plinth. These forms conceal an efficient commercial floor layout, perfectly suited to current market requirements.
Working around the latest building and structural codes, the design sets a precedent for clean and pragmatic architectural design, which can successfully achieve a clear sense of identity, pride and individuality.