Architects: Tennent + Brown Architects
Location: Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand
Project Manager: Sinclair Knight Merz, Davis Langdon
Photographs: Paul McCredie
Almost demolished after the earthquake in 2011, Christchurch center was required a renovation. The challenge for architects Zotov & Co was to recall a livable city center. After asking the question of what is needed to be happy, the architects chose nature and communication as the foundation of their concept. The center for the quarter an island covered, dense forest which concentrates all social activity. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Shigeru Ban just can’t get enough of paper tubes. The Japanese architect, renowned for his design of structures that can be quickly and inexpensively erected in disaster zones, is at it again in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, which was hit hard by a devastating earthquake last February. The earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed over 200 people and inflicted irreparable damage on the city’s iconic gothic cathedral of 132 years. The cathedral was a copy of one in Oxford, England, and was one of the most famous landmarks of the Christchurch, pictured on postcards, souvenirs and tea towels.
A pioneer in so-called “emergency architecture,” Shigeru Ban has begun construction on a highly anticipated, unique replacement: a simple A-frame structure composed of paper tubes of equal length and 20 foot containers. The tubes will be coated with waterproof polyurethane and flame retardants that the architect has been developing since 1986 – years before environmental friendliness and the use of inexpensive recycled materials were even a concern in architecture.
Read more about Ban’s visionary Cardboard Cathedral after the break…
Architects: Collingridge & Smith Architects
Location: Kawakawa, northland
Architect In Charge: Phil Smith
Design Team: Phil Smith, Graham Collingridge, Grayson Wanda, Chloe Pratt
Client: Ngati Hine Health Trust
Mechanical & Electrical Consultant: Eco Design Consultants and WSP
Planning Supervisor: Simon Yates
Lightning Consultant: Mike Renwick, Lighthouse Remuera
Contractor|: Howard Harnett Builders
Area: 572.0 sqm
Photographs: Simon Devitt