Author Archives: Sean Kisby

About Sean Kisby

New Zealand based NZ Licensed Building Practitioner Design 3; UK registered Architect.

Salmond Reed

Since the beginning of 2017 – I’ve been working with Salmond Reed Architects (SRA) in Devonport. Projects much closer to my areas of professional interest – and a very pleasant commute via Auckland’s new electric trains, or a bike ride, down to Britomart – and then a ferry across to Devonport or Stanley Bay. Pleasant walks to and from the rail station and the ferry – even if it is chucking it down…

 

Park Hyatt Auckland

I’m a latecomer in the team at Bossley Architects working on this project – currently in Detail Design (Sept 2015). And probably for the next two years… until its completed.

Park Hyatt eveing from viaduct

Work on a $200 million luxury hotel on Auckland’s waterfront will start next year after the project was granted resource consent this week. Auckland Council’s Panuku Development Auckland branch made…

Source: Go-ahead for $200m Auckland waterfront hotel – Property – NZ Herald News

BIM : Archicad

2014 June 9-11: Introduction to BIM course at Graphisoft, Auckland : 18 hours

Structured introduction to using the software, resulting in a modelled house, and documents generated from that model.

Documentation skills.

BIM : Revit

2015 : Training at Bossley Architects : Ongoing from February

Learning the techniques and procedures for this computer modelling and information system. Revit 2015 running on Windows 8.1, linked to the office LAN. Job files and archives in MS cloud services. Combination of tutorials and answers from trained people in the office, Youtube, and the often overlooked format: paperback tome.

Current project is a small apartment building – coordination with structural and services consultants is done within the model – at this point exchanged via Dropbox. Not as smooth as is possible.

Coatings : Akzo Nobel

2015.05.11 Presentation from technical reps at Bossley Architects : 30mins

Concentrating on coatings for steel in a marine environment. Galvanizing, Zinc Spray and primer paint systems. Steel preparation.

www.akzonobel.com/our_key_markets/our_end_user_segments/buildings_and_infrastructure/related_brands_and_products/

Tanking : Nuplex

2015.06.02 Meeting with Nupex techinical rep at Bossley Architects : 30mins

One of those essential elements of a properly designed basement, lift-shaft or retaining wall… waterproofing ground bearing slab to tilt-slab wall, membranes and caulking. Methodology, substrates preparation, materials. Grace systems (USA) imported to NZ.

http://www.nuplexconstruction.co.nz

 

Small Projects

Small projects completed in Auckland – most were built, but some were not.

Additional images and more projects to follow

Glenfield Mews

Developer housing, brownfield site.

Some houses designed in concept by Mahendra Daji – an old friend from ASC – and developed up to building consent and construction documentation by our small team for our then employer – a small developer on the North Shore. They are a speculative development, on a site plan laid out by a surveyor with little thought given to amenity or environment. The only criteria being lot size and vehicle access – even that was compromised by a number of problems with drainage and the steep road inclines and retaining required to fit the houses in.

Glenfield site aerial view

The houses were designed to be economical. They were very cheaply built with consented landscaping proposals ignored and colour schemes discarded! Having said that – they didn’t turn out too badly – if Auckland is lucky, developer led ‘densification’ in suburban areas might turn out like this. Sites need to be better planned and construction budgets higher to get better results.

Architecturally, this is rough stuff – but there is much added design value in the interiors, even when the section/lot sizes are really too small for the size of these detached houses. When working for the developer direct, their market and commercial considerations take precedence. These houses are built purely to harvest profit. We did our best to add amenity and opportunity for the purchasers, whilst making an effort to minimise overlooking and shade to close neighbours.

ACG Parnell

A completely new private school building for the Academic Colleges Group, in the grounds of the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind (Bledisloe Estates Trust).

ACG Parnell | Auckland | 2004-2006

SK: BECA Job architect; Developed design to handover.

Includes classrooms, laboratories, music and drama rooms, art & design studios, gym and hall, staff rooms and facilities, offices, administration and two levels of car parking. Due to its urban location, the building was fully air conditioned, to control external traffic noise and internal temperature.

The structure was designed so that the educational fit-out could be removed and the building re-configured as residential accommodation or office space.

External claddings were chosen to be in sympathy with the surrounding urban Heritage, mostly of monolithic red-brick construction, with a visual aspect of weight and ‘depth’. This was agreed with the landowner client by the original design architect, who left the firm before the concept design was fully resolved. This design approach was reconciled with the current seismic and thermal standards, and to a tight budget – that tends to produce a lightweight and ‘thin’ appearance. The interior finishes were not designed under my direction.

The building was completed to budget, six weeks early.

Marshall Islands

Energy & Maintenance Building housing equipment for the supply and management of electrical power and drinking water; combined with workshops, storage and administration.

College of the Marshall Islands | Majuro | 2006-2009

SK: BECA Design & Job architect

Combined facility housing a reverse osmosis fresh water plant – powered by the PV panels on the roof; water storage & supply pumps, electrical control gear, back-up diesel generators, teaching & maintenance workshops, stores, offices.

One part of a wider Beca involvement with the Marshall Islands government, including infrastructure, education and airport upgrades.