Tag Archives: Urban

Projects located in urban environments

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 madeā€¦

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

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.

Peterhouse

Heritage environment, refurbished to contemporary requirements.

Peterhouse Refurbishments | Cambridge | 1999-2001

SK: FSAL Job architect

Old Court (14th-18th C.) and Gisborne Court (1825) internally updated in two stages; during summer vacation times. Grade One listed buildings of national significance. Accommodation for students and Fellows of the College, including some teaching spaces and a computer suite. Also used for residential conferences. Complex client structure and project management issues. Peterhouse is the oldest College in Cambridge University – founded in 1284.

Some interiors were decorated with period colour schemes appropriate to the time of construction, including 17th & 18th Cent panelling, and Late Georgian era ‘Gothick’ style wall-papers.