Northbank house

Location: Blenheim
Area: 320sq.m     
Year of project: 2017-18
Completion: pending

 The complex topography of this Blenheim site presented several design problems but opting to work with the environment rather than change it for our needs led the North-bank houses design direction. The south western end of this black metal clad building sits aloft the sites rocky outcrop, this drops away dramatically to the northwest to allow the building to extend over the valley.

At the time of writting this building is pending consent.

 

 

 

Work is now underway. the building team from Hamish Ryan have broken ground or rock to be exact as they dig the foundations for what will be an ambitious building project

 

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ZindelsBuilding

Location: New Street Nelson
Area: 120sq.m     
Year of project: 2017-18
Completion: pending

The brief was to design an extension to a heritage listed building (ca. 1880) to accommodate the clients growing legal practice.  The original building is built in the “carpenter gothic style” as a family home, this has a stark geometry which is both tall and narrow and orientates towards the south. The buildings steep pitch line is framed by an ornate scrolling filigree.

 It was important to us that we retain the unique character of the original while fulfilling the brief to expand the buildings footprint. We opted to use the same tall narrow format but use a material language for the addition that is contrastingly modern and minimal. a glass corridor acts as a transitional space between the old and the new. The new section is constructed with concrete tilt slab and industrial metal cladding. Extensive glazing allows natural light to penetrate from the north as well as frame selected views of the Nelsn landscape from the second story. At the time of writing the building is due for completion in 8 weeks.

Photo Credit Louise Leggat

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