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Facing page:Large signage boards wrap around one corner of the carpark. Given its location, the building has been designed with earthquake resilience details. But its facades are also an attractive addition to the Innovation Precinct, with suspended Corten steel planters and a lift core decorated with a braid pattern representing the flow of the Waimakariri river. Below:Plan of the featured section of the Christchurch Innovation Precinct. The carpark sits above the retail units in the top right corner. Story by Paul Taylor Photography by Jamie Cobel Designed by Aqua Architecture, the three-storey building is home to Kathmandu’s head office and includes a new Kathmandu store at ground level. As befitting a company whose products are used in the great outdoors, the building has achieved a 5 Green Star Design rating for effi- ciency and sustainability. Two other areas across the road from Kathmandu and Vodafone have also been com- pleted. One of these is now the Dux building, which Patrick Fontein says is a heritage building that was stripped right back to its bare bones. “We’ve earthquake-strengthened it to 100% of New Building Standard and essentially built an entire new building from the inside out,” he says. “It looks like a heritage building, but it has a whole new structural frame inside and a new roof. “The cost to do that was about the same price as a new building, but we’ve now got a two-storey heritage building that looks quirky and that every- one loves. “We feel that the long term demand for heritage buildings will be very strong in Christchurch, because there are so very few of them left.” Completed on the opposite corner is a new carpark building, developed by Studio D4, who also worked with Calder Stewart on the design and build. Engenium was the architect and engineer. The building has seven levels of carparking, with retail on the ground floor, and uses modern restrained brace technology and rocking concrete shear walls to incorporate earthquake resilience. But the building also presents an attractive face to the street, with an arrangement of Corten steel planter boxes on its facades, and the concrete panels of the lift shaft having a braided pattern that represents the flow of the Waimakariri river. The final building in this section of the precinct – Lichfield Lanes, also being developed by Studio D4 – is currently under construction, with completion due by the end of 2017. see more images online: search 49062 at search | save | share at