David Sheppard and Jonty Rout first put their eponymous studio on the map with the award-winning Cranmer Court docket redevelopment in 1982, saving an historic college from demolition by creating 32 bespoke dwellings inside its shell.
Forty-one years later, with a big physique of labor to its identify, the apply has not too long ago accomplished Fletcher Dwelling’s Worcester Terraces, comprising 68 townhouses and residences over two and three storeys. The providing proved fashionable, with the East Body dwellings promoting out nearly in a single day off the plans. Whereas place was clearly a draw card — bounded by Latimer Sq., Rauora Park, the Christchurch Membership and mountain and river views — the combo of typologies and elevated design response are what units this challenge aside.
“One, two and three-bedroom items are unfold throughout the positioning, with Ōtākaro’s required ‘landmark corners’ marked by three taller buildings on strata titles,” explains challenge architect Joff Kennedy. “Common gaps present visible and bodily breaks, whereas setbacks, top variations and assorted architectural varieties create rhythm throughout the road elevation.”
Strong exterior constructing supplies, comparable to board-formed concrete, black metal and cedar, are introduced into the interiors, with the architects favouring “truthful, trustworthy” supplies all through. The challenge’s raised constructing platforms guarantee privateness from footpath visitors whereas mature bushes and landscaping diffuse the views throughout the central courtyard to neighbouring residences.
“With the clear, dual-aspect nature of the items, we needed the kitchen central to the plan, with dwelling at one finish and eating on the different,” explains Kennedy. “One of many drivers within the design was accessibility, via Lifemark, so the galley kitchen is broad, the stair, bedrooms and loos are outsized and at the least 50 per cent of the dwellings have a floor flooring bed room and rest room.”
Designed to a Homestar Degree 6 ranking, issues comparable to window dimension and orientation, insulation, operational prices and water use have all been addressed and sustainable New Zealand wool carpet, oiled white oak flooring and oak veneer cabinetry are included in each dwelling.
Worcester Terraces achieves a excessive stage of high quality inside a comparatively modest finances so little question Cantabrians are trying ahead to Sheppard & Rout’s subsequent Fletcher Dwelling challenge, with 38 One Central items north of the Avon River.
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