lyall bay surf club - wellington

The proposal for a new club house for Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club creates efficient and purposed built spaces to meet the future needs of the club. The new club house will replace the existing club house and contains storage areas, changing facilities, a patrol/first aid room and training/lounge areas on two levels. It enables the club to continue its important service to the public of providing surf life guarding to the Lyall Bay beach.

The two main purposes of the club, patrolling/life saving on the beach and providing training and storage facilities for its members manifest in the proposed concept of the new club house. The club area is clad in glazed clay tiles in various colours creating a vibrant and innovative external envelope reflecting the active and energetic nature of the surf club. This will positively enhance the surrounding areas and create a new focal point on Lyall Bay beach.



To help secure an ongoing future for the Mary Potter Hospice, the Hospice have engaged with Archaus to design a privately managed complex of apartments in the context of their existing Hospice site. The site is located on Mein Street in Newtown, Wellington close to Wellington hospital, with additional access from Owen Street.

The project has been designed to fit on an area of unused land to the East of the Hospice and to use a palette of materials and design variety to break down the main mass of the building in to residential scale blocks. The buildings descend the hill behind the existing Hospice, and respects the contours of the land and the neighbouring context, producing a varied form. Located in a Special Housing Area, the proposal is aimed to allow more people the opportunity to live in this popular suburb with it’s fantastic connections to Wellington city, whilst providing essential ongoing revenue for the Hospices community services.



A home away from home for families with seriously ill children needing to travel to Wellington Hospital for specialist medical treatment. Families live in the house for as long as their child needs to be treated, and for free. The new facility accommodates 34 families in a variety of apartments with shared communal living facilities. Situated on the western side of Riddiford Street, directly opposite the Wellington Hospital, the objective was to create a contemporary and recognisable building, which acknowledges and compliments its urban context, whilst creating a welcoming retreat for its occupants.

The overall design of the building is broken down into a series of vertical bays, acknowledging the predominant pattern of building width in the Newtown area. The design has been carefully considered to ensure that all adjacent bays are distinctive, to articulate the expression of a group of individual buildings, whilst maintaining a design language that unifies the building as a whole. 


the regent - wellington

The Regent Centre project completed in July 2012 transformed the existing cinema complex from the 1970s into a state of the art cooking and hospitality school.

The two school’s facilities are split over three and a half floors from level 1 to level 4. The vision of Weltec and Le Cordon Bleu was for Schools of international standard, which would capture the imagination of students both now and for future generations. The joint occupation of both Schools on one site was a unique prospect. Each School offers it’s s own distinctive programmes and learning environment, and the challenge for the design teams was to coordinate the facilities, all the while maintaining the individuality of the brands and services.

The Regent has won two awards since its completion in 2012: the complex took home the Gold Award in the education category for the New Zealand Commercial Projects Awards in 2013; and the Best Adaptive Re-use Award from the Earthquake Strengthening Awards in 2013.

The Regent is was also a finalist for Property Industry Awards for 2013 in both the Education and Arts Property Award and the Heritage Adaptive Re-use Property Award.

The building was stripped back to its concrete structure and shell and additional floors were added in steel structure to increase the available floor area to the size required for the hospitality schools. Voids were cut into the floor plates to create atria combining the different levels and allowing daylight into spaces further back in the building. Ground floor recess were eliminated and shop front glazing was brought out to line up with the footpath to create a continuous street edge.

The relief created with different precisely detailed parts of the curtain wall facade breaks the large scale of the building and creates an articulated elevation in a contemporary design and materiality. The horizontal and vertical elements pay reference to the neighboring heritage buildings and the pattern on the glass is a contemporary response to pattern found on the historic BNZ building next door.