Abel Smith Street Panorama Render

83 abel smith st - wellington

83 Abel Smith Street is a residential development of boutique one and two bedroom apartments located on a difficult triangular site on the corner of Abel Smith Street and Karo Drive in the heart of Te Aro.

The challenging nature of the site and the choice of natural materials has led to a striking design on this prominent site, adjacent to State Highway 1. The building is a fully timber framed four-storey construction designed for speed of construction and flexibility, giving excellent seismic performance for the minimum of weight. Clad in white painted render and natural cedar that unwinds around the Karo drive elevation, the building provides a different aspect to each of its three elevations, articulated with recesses and changes of material.

The two main elevations of the site are those on Karo Drive, emphasised by vertical cedar cladding left natural to weather with slot windows that increase in size; and that of Abel Smith Street, dominated by the white painted render and large openings (except around the cedar clad and expressed entrance), which meet at a ‘lantern’ of windows that express the triangular corner, increasing in size as they ascend the elevation. Due for completion to at the end of 2016 this development will add a contextual addition to the Te Aro Corridor, in context with the heritage properties of Abel Smith Street and beyond.

 

boulcott street apartments - wellington

7 Boulcott Street is a development of boutique conference suites in at the confluence of Boulcott Street and Willis Street in the heart of Central Wellington, designed for a long-standing client. The development consists of 62 residential units of studio, one and three bedroom units above and retail and conference facilities below.

Clad in clear finished precast concrete panels interspersed with zinc and aluminium double glazed windows the outside of the building has a contemporary finish, softened by the cedar soffit to the first-floor canopy. The facade is accentuated by balconies and a specific location of cast in detailing to the concrete elements. High stud heights to both the commercial aspects of the buildings and the residential units adds to the overall feeling of quality to the project.

The building was designed to respond to the site setting of an existing triumvirate of buildings, these being the Hotel Saint George to the South, the existing Boulcott Suites (owned by the client) to the West and the historic Church of Saint Mary of the Angels to the North. These buildings set the contextual height and appearance of the building with a generous set back from the church on O’Reilly Avenue being a key driver agreed with the client at the earliest stage. Practical completion was achieved in March 2016.

 

frame - wellington

Frame Apartments is a development by an award winning and established developer client with a unique design ethos. The building consisting of 18 storeys of residential units, comprising one to three bedrooms and a single ground floor retail unit facing Molesworth Street. The building, proposed for commencement prior to Xmas 2016 is an in-situ concrete facade with lightweight internal structure.

Located in a fantastic position at the end of Molesworth Street, next to the former Chapman Taylor workshop building and commanding spectacular views of the Northern walkway and the harbour. The external appearance of the building is a counterpoint of two distinct buildings arranged next to each other around an expressed slot. The taller building to the East is adorned with a patchwork of striking colours to the Northern façade making it stand out both in context and in contrast to the lower more simply coloured of the two buildings.

The design of the building extends to the internal apartments, by the clever use of warm construction (insulation of the outside of the concrete walls), that allows for the concrete to be exposed internally giving a distinct aesthetic.

 

tattoo - wellington

Tattoo Apartment building, on Able Smith Street in Wellington is in a very eclectic area of the city.  The new complex fits into its surroundings, yet stands out from the crowd.  It is intense, but at the same time fun and inviting.

The colours in the mural depict this, which was left to the artist to bring together.  The result is "City art" for everyone and anyone to stand, gaze and deliberate. The Tattoo building prompts conversation between those nearby, a permanent canvas for future change.

The inspiration for the mural is fairly contrived: it was the act of entering and exiting a building. The welcomes you receive and the good byes you receive. The artist look briefly at the use of gargoyles and their 'intrusive use' VS 'purely aesthetic visual use.'  Welcoming creatures instructively beckoning you into the south main entrance and on the north these creatures are leaving in a hurry, for the enjoyment of purely comedic visual aesthetic. 

 

Sol apartments - wellington

Sol Apartments, is a nine-storey tower of 26 apartments, two single level pavilion units, and four duplex townhouses behind a retained historic facade in the Te Aro precinct of Wellington.

The tower enjoys sweeping views over central Wellington, while the pavilion and townhouses to the north serve to protect the northerly aspect of the tower and provide a successful mix of scale to the project.

In terms of materials, the design incorporates extensive floor to ceiling aluminium glazing to the north and south facades of the tower, with precast paneling to the flank walls. Both the pavilions and the town houses are of lightweight construction between precast concrete flank walls, and employ profiled metal panels, aluminium framed glazing and expressed fiberboard cladding.

 

canvas - wellington

Taking inner city living to new heights, CANVAS is a boutique apartment complex situated at 307 Willis Street.  Located in the Cuba Street quarter, the design and decor of this exciting new complex will strike a chord with Wellington's 21st Century urban community.  Combining open, airy spaces, with attention to fine design details, CANVAS taps into the pulse of what makes the CUBA quarter tick, blending just the right mix of funk, soul, and creativity, to capture the attention of residents and business owners thinking outside the square.

In a nutshell, the CANVAS complex is composed of 22 residential units and 5 commercial spaces.  The majority of the residential units utilise high ceilings to create loft-style living spaces, along with 5m high windows bringing in natural light for bright and healthy living.  This achieves the maximum sense of space and light in a compact and well thought out footprint.  Each design decision is designed to maximise the space available to the occupant including the bespoke built in storage.  Double-glazing and internal concrete walls between units contribute good sound & thermal insulation properties.

 

chaffers dock complex & apartments - wellington

This development transformed the old Herd Street Post and Telegraph building into a smart and vibrant Chaffers Dock Complex.  It houses 64 apartments on the upper five levels and a mix of retail, restaurants and cafes at ground level. People can move from Waitangi Park to the waterfront via a spacious covered atrium, which provides shade and shelter for park visitors. Chaffers Dock's ground floor piazza features a range of goods and services to tempt park goers apartment dwellers and passers by.

The Boathouse

This was designed as the "Jewel of the Harbour", sitting proudly adjacent from the main building to maximise the views across Chaffers Marina and Wellington waterfront.

Project carried out in collaboration with Warren & Mahoney Architects

Ltd Winner NZIA - Resene Local Award 2009