New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/10A - Page 44

SECTION FOCUS CHRISTCURCH UPDATE IN THE NEWS In the past few months there have several firsts for the Christchurch rebuild. Here’s a summary of some of the more significant developments Knox Church – good for another 100 years Design for world-class family playground Work to restore the Knox Presbyterian Church in central Christchurch will see it meet 100% of the Building Code, and hopefully stand for another 100 years. Wilkie and Bruce Architects director, Alun Wilkie, says Aurecon has designed a resilient structure, with a thick raft foundation, new lightweight cladding and post-tensioned buttresses; all of which will allow the structure to flex in a major earthquake before returning to its original position. “I think some people may struggle with the fusion of new and old, but that is a by-product of the earthquakes. They have decimated the exterior to a point where it had to be rebuilt, but the interior is being retained. It’s a wonderful story of how a surviving heritage interior can be rebuilt for another 100 years.” Source: Future Christchurch Climbing towers connected by bridges, a 4m-wide slide and a double flying fox will be among the exciting features of the planned new inner-city Christchurch playground. A consortium led by Opus has worked with CERA, the Christchurch City Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the playground equipment supplier PlayRope in coming up with the playground design. The ideas of local children were also gathered through the Amazing Place competition, and the stories of prominent authors Margaret Mahy and Elsie Locke, and those of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, are also drawn on in the design. The playground will take up about 1ha of a 2.5ha block bounded by the Ōtākaro/Avon River and Manchester, Madras and Armagh streets. It will include a café and amenities block. Source: Future Christchurch 42 search | save | share at