Project Type: Hotel and Leisure facilities
Located 45 minutes from New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, this natural phenomenon offers a huge opportunity for the site owners to help revitalise the once iconic and vibrant seaside town and also to provide a type of facility that is not currently available in New Zealand. Stage one, shown here, involves the development of a seaside 200 key hotel, with thermal baths and conference facilities. Stage Two will involve the redevelopment of the existing family oriented water park and town centre.
For centuries before European settlement, indigenous Maori travelled to the therapeutic thermal waters to relax and heal themselves. Bones littered the beach, evident of tribal battles that occurred for possession of the area and its precious water.
It was common to see up to 3000 Maori people at a time soaking in the naturally hot water by digging holes in the sand and letting water seep in.
We were commissioned in 2018 to design the headquarters for new Football Media Company, Otro, in London, UK, as started up by David Beckham. Otro brings together 17 of the world’s superstar footballers on one media platform including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
The design is based on our contemporary design principals that we explored in our future workplace research project, which includes biophilic and sustainable design principals, flexible workspace design and the integration of emerging technologies.
As a new company, there had been a limited amount of visual branding carried out prior to our commission and so we wanted the architectural design to emanate the brand through integrated branding elements and by creating the right balance between a space that felt sporty and yet sophisticated and premium at the same time.
Project Type: Residential
Location: Omaha Beach, New Zealand
The word ‘stealth’ comes to mind when approaching this home from a distance, but as one gets closer, the carefully detailed black timber screen slowly reveals its domestic interior and invites one in. A two storey timber bookshelf divides up the two gabled forms with sleeping quarters to the East and living quarters to the West. The proposed internal palette of white solid surfaces and natural oak create spaces that have a sense of lightness and warmth.
Size: 400 sqm
Location: Breamtail, Mangawhai Heads, New Zealand
Status: Close to completion, due Summer 2016
This new, single level courtyard home, is surrounded in beautiful views of the sea to the North and East and rural views to the West and South. The exterior is clad in black stained timber and the interior is anchored with timber imprinted concrete walls. The home wraps around a central courtyard that provides a sheltered haven with views through the house in all directions.
Project Type: Residential
Location: Breamtail Farm, Mangawhai Heads
Status: Under construction
This is a 180sqm bach, for a family of 5 along with their large extended family, located close to the seaside in Mangawhai Heads. The home has been designed to be constructed in prefabricated 6x6m modules. The timber finishes not only provide a beautiful ambience but also a rugged and durable finish for a place that will be well used by a wide variety of ages.
One of our favourite parts is designing bespoke furniture, both large and small, for our projects. This oak bookcase runs double height across two storeys with the stair treads cantilevering from it and supported by steel rods.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
This is an adaptive re-use proposal for a soon to be disused carpark, which offers a great opportunity for a new type of public institution, which brings together key aspects of a library, a gallery, a cultural centre and urban park in central city locations. A central track loops up the height of the building taking visitors through the active zone, where people can play interactive learning games. A new light well is cut through the centre of the building. Dynamic content, that is partly curated by members of the community through online submissions and voting is shown on interactive screens, fog projections and through Augmented reality devices, which can be loaned to visitors. Temporarily archived books are stored in the central bookshelf enclosures, protected from weather. These can be accessed intermittently, if desired, otherwise books related to the current topics are clustered around the space on book chandeliers. The overall theme rotates fortnightly. Quiet reading and learning zones can be found towards the perimeter of the floor plates and roof garden.
Use: Restaurant, Wedding & Event Space
Location: Mangawhai Heads, New Zealand
This contemporary orangerie creates an elegant space where users can fully enjoy the idyllic surround of the vineyard and Brynderwyn Ranges. The simplicity of the structure allowed it to be installed quickly and very economically, which was a key driver for the simplified design. The golden ceiling, still to come, and removable lighting pendants will help to give the space a more glamorous allure while tying in directly with the vineyard's branding.
Circles are a universal symbol for unity, eternity and infinity. Gold can represent generosity and longevity. Together they help to create a meaningful and beautiful altar for wedding ceremonies, located close to the pavilion.
Type: Residential Alteration (Significant)
Location: Mt Eden, Auckland
Completed in December 2018, the client wanted a carefully crafted interior that was sympathetic to the heritage exterior, of which their current interiors were not. Construction is due to start shortly and we are currently working on their interiors with a palette that includes herringbone oak flooring, carrara marble, solid walnut cabinetry and brass.
We have designed a series of Chromatherapy tricolour pendants that have been beautifully crafted by Monmouth Glass Studio.
Project Type: Mixed Use Residential + Commercial
Client: Richie Hawtin
Location: Berlin, Germany
There is a 'ruinous' quality about this building that reflects the site's sombre history. It is the site of a former apartment building that was bombed during World War II.
The new building is massed as a 25 metre high concrete volume to tie in visually with the surrounding concrete apartments. The large ‘planted’ cut outs help to reduce the interior footprint and perceived scale of the building.
This project is a proposal for a mixed use development for a prominent electronic DJ based in Berlin.
This 1200sqm brief comprised of music studios, a gallery, offices, a guest apartment, a penthouse apartment and roof terrace.
The first floor has a large gallery space that the owner will open intermittently to the public. It is also to be used for events and dance parties.
Project Type: Mixed Use Apartments, Offices + Restaurant
Location: Vinegar Lane, Ponsonby - Auckland
This is a new boutique development in a new medium density development. We initially explored how the wider streetscape could work successfully by putting together a series of apartments in a way that was interesting and varied, yet sympathetic to each other. For our project, located at 19 Vinegar Lane, there will be retail on the ground floor with apartments and offices above. The penthouse apartment is three bedrooms with an extensive rooftop terrace and pavilion. The light filled spaces with high ceilings and careful facade design compensate for the compact footprints that start from 40sqm. The facade screen is inspired by the elegant feather cloaks, ‘kākahu’, worn traditionally in Maori and Polynesian Culture. The brass tones and geometry give it an art deco feel. The interiors are kept fairly raw. The screens are occupant controlled and pivot open and close.
Project Type: Residential Alteration
Location: Seattle, Washington
This is an interior remodel of a 2000 sq ft (200 sqm) apartment in Seattle. The main challenge for the design was to get enough natural light into the 60ft (20m) deep floor plan and of course meet a tight budget. This challenge was increased as we were not allowed to modify any external fenestration and locations of plumbing elements.
A series of sliding black framed glass partitions with recessed black timber blinds and black sheer curtains allow light and views through the whole depth of the apartment while providing various levels of privacy.
The material palette is kept fairly neutral and consists of white washed timber floors, matt white and black surfaces, carrara marble and dimmable lighting throughout.
Size: 275 sqm
Location: Auckland - New Zealand
Status: Design Phase
The design savvy client had a clear brief for what they wanted in this inner city home. They wanted a contemporary home that was well connected to their site and yet able to provide the level of privacy that they wanted. We wanted to design a contemporary courtyard house that could be layered with planting to create the desired level of privacy and light while providing dramatic locations for their art collection.
This is an adaptive re-use proposal for a new office space in London, utilising our modern workplace strategies and technologies that are part of one of our current research projects. The future of workplaces is bringing together the spaces we love into our office. The park, the cafe, the home... it's all here. Cold corporate offices are becoming a thing of the past. New office spaces have less and less permanent fixtures and are increasingly flexible, however, achieving adequate acoustic variation and privacy are key to making this type of space work. Newly developed translucent acoustic curtains can help with this issue. Flexible furniture and computers that can change levels and configurations, such as the Surface Studio and laptops are also key to the ultimate flexible workspace. Touch screen technology and mobile devices make the dream of a paperless office a real possibility, which frees up space and allows easy collaboration. We are also interested in exploring Biophilic design. Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing; as the world population continues to urbanize, these qualities are ever more important. We see relaxing and active spaces as another way employees can relax and keep healthy. All of this works hand in hand in conjunction with flexible hours and activity based working, along with a number of new technologies such as virtual assistants, AR + VR.
This project explores the design of modular, prefabricated low cost housing and how they can come together to create better amenity for the home owners as well as safer and more inclusive communal spaces.
The proposed terrace homes are on a 6x12m module and vary from 72 - 144sqm. The modular system creates very little construction waste. The repetitive and modular nature of prefabrication allows cost efficiency as well as speed, in comparison to traditional construction methods.
The vertical steel cladding to the exterior and timber sheet cladding to the interior gives these homes a high level of durability and low level of maintenance.
The A-Frame is our simplest and most cost effective prefabricated building. When oriented correctly it also offers the opportunity to place several solar panels on the roof, allowing the dwelling to be largely self-sufficient in terms of power.
Project Type: Residential
Location: Breamtail Farm, Mangawhai Heads
Status: Design Phase
This is an 180sqm farm house, for a family of 5, located close to the seaside in Mangawhai Heads. It is a perfectly modular design that gradiates functionally and visually, from private to public, from darkness to light. At night one can image a bright light at one end that fades out gradually to the other. The material palette and form is kept incredibly simple to keep the design both efficient and elegant.