136 moorhouse ave

136 moorhouse ave
project details
  • Type commercial
  • Location cbd, Christchurch
  • year 2016
  • Team Phil Redmond, jeremy may, Madeleine Clarke
  • contractors abl, thermosash limited
  • photographer hazel redmond
Located overlooking the proposed Metro Sports Facility at the Western end of Moorhouse Ave, the brief called for a new commercial development with a mix of bulk retail, office space and hospitality.

The site is arranged in line with the current CCC development overlay plan setting the building back from the street with parking in front. In doing so the project needed to reconnect the engagement with the street that is lost through this planning requirement. Located on a major transport route on the fringe of the CBD, connection to the building is primarily experienced while driving. Our design approach was to generate the building as a billboard that shifts dynamically as you drive East or West along Moorhouse Ave.

The building is cast as collection of characters and references to Christchurch, amongst others the cast includes the striped façade of Antigua Boat Sheds and the zigzag verandah of the Paul Pascoes now lost Christchurch Domestic Airport Terminal.
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