Escaping the Christchurch Winter!

We arrived in Denpassar Bali to the smell of clove cigarettes and that rich humid air of the tropics, to discover our bags had been lost in transit somewhere in Brisbane! Somewhat disappointed but happy that the bags went missing and not us, we meandered our way to Keramas on the east coast of Bali through the hordes of scooters and apparently brand new cars Over the duration of the trip I saw nothing but shiny, impeccable cars, hard to believe

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Opening new doors on city living

Buyers seeking a newly built city apartment will find plenty on the market But what if people want something else, more connected and affordable? Architect Craig South explores what this ‘something else’ could look like and how it could transform how we live

Recently I was invited to contribute to a New Zealand Institute of Architects’ meeting on the subject of emerging trends in city living As one of the speakers, I was pleased to give a talk on co-housing and the work our practice has been doing in this

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Architectural forum attracts positive response

Allfrey South Architects’ initiative ArchiChat is resonating strongly with people who share their passion for design and the architectural process As Architect Craig South reports, the latest two-way forum sparked constructive discussion on how  people like to live and holiday

Having launched our ArchiChat Group earlier this year, it is exciting for us to see interest growing in this interactive social forum that we set up for people wanting to learn more about architecture and what architects do

As well as giving people an opportunity to explore the practice of

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Allfrey + South Internship

My name is Simon Pitcaithly and I’m currently in the process of completing a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree at Ara Institute of Canterbury As part of the course, students are encouraged to obtain

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Bringing people together to talk Architecture

Allfrey South Architects’ opened an exciting conversation on architecture with the wider community earlier this year via their new ArchiChat Group Architect Craig South explains what the open forum is all about and why it is going from strength to strength

It has been a privilege for us to open our practice this year and welcome those with a passion for design and the architectural process to join our ArchiChat Group get-togethers Sharing a room with people from all walks of life who are genuinely interested in what we

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The Search for the Perfect Dining Experience!

Whilst trying a new restaurant or café can be exciting, it can also feel like a bit of a risk; with so many opportunities for disappointment! What if the food is bland, the wine

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Breaking down myths about Architects

Misconceptions about architects and how they work can be off-putting for those weighing up whether to use their services In reality, as architect Craig South observes, there is nothing to fear and much to be gained from engaging a registered professional

It can be easy to forget that people outside your own profession may not have a great understanding of what it is you actually do Buildings are integral to our lives, yet the role of the architect is not necessarily clear to everyone In our practice, it is refreshing

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Good Interior Design – What it means to me

Does Interior Design serve any deeper purpose or is it all fashion and frippery?  It’s a good question and it was during my own home renovation that I discovered the answer

In the original layout of our 1940’s home, the kitchen was a 1970’s lean-to addition with a very low ceiling on the south side of the house  The kitchen extractor was wall mounted, didn’t work and a good Southerly could blow through the extractor and into the house!  The cabinetry was

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Designing for Community

City housing initiatives that promote a sense of community are sparking growing interest As architect Craig South explains, such housing developments can take many different forms

Earlier this year, we launched our ArchiChat Group to provide an informal way for people to meet us and share our love of architecture It has generated a lot of lively conversation, especially around the topic of community-based housing

Many find the idea really appealing because it connects with the New Zealand dream of small friendly neighbourhoods where children can play and grow up feeling

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You & Your Architect – a Creative Partnership

Every person is unique As architect Craig South explains, your home should also uniquely reflect who you are and how you want to live

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Responding creatively to Design Guidelines

Meeting design guidelines for particular sites is a must, but architect Craig South argues there is still plenty of room for creative interpretation

When making a big investment in a new home, it can be very reassuring knowing there are design rules in place to protect that investment Yet if these rules are followed conservatively, the results can be pretty bland and uninspiring and that may not be desirable from a long-term investment perspective A creative approach will more likely produce something memorable that will hold its value and reflect

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A Summer Holiday Project

Of the many things I enjoy in my spare time, one of my favourites is restoring, refurbishing and breathing new life into something Whether it’s a house, a classic car, a garden or, as in this case, a piece of furniture, I’ve always been keen to take on a project

Before I continue, a little background I started my working life as an upholsterer in the furniture industry Over a long career I’ve been fortunate to experience working in new furniture, the restoration and recovery of antique furniture; and the

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Balancing Architecture with Interior Design

Rather than treating interior design as a finishing touch, architect Craig South suggests a collaborative approach can be much more effective

Architects and interior designers have traditionally tended to work apart but, in my experience, it’s far better to have both on the same page and working together from an early stage Having a shared design vision is the best guarantee of an inspiring outcome

There may be a perception that the architect’s job stops at the front door, yet more often than not external form flows through to the interior

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Can Smaller be Better?

For my husband Chris and I, living small began with a little sleep-out in his parents’ backyard when we were first married It was approximately 3m wide and 9m long, with 3 pokey Read more

Let’s talk architecture

Architect Craig South announces a new brand, along with an exciting new group to draw people together with a shared passion for architecture

It is energising to have started the year with a fresh new brand, Allfrey South Architects, and to reflect on what that represents The name change captures the strong partnership within our practice and gives a renewed sense of purpose as we move into the coming year

While the name is different, we have the same team of creative people on board who love everything about architecture

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Let’s talk Architecture!

Here at Allfrey South Architecture Ltd, we are so passionate about what we do We love designing We love helping turn our clients dreams into reality  We love everything about architecture

And we really love talking about architecture Whenever we can To whoever will listen Or even whoever will pretend they are listening while they make dinner for the children and nod politely!

Our team is constantly thinking about architecture, wherever they go, exploring and immersing themselves in the architecture around

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ALLSO Blogs 2019

Welcome to 2019!

This year, our blogs are going to focus on getting to know our team; their passions outside of the office as well as their opinions on current design trends, innovations in architecture

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Welcome to the Waterfront

Christchurch’s new city waterfront is transforming how people engage with the city and Te Papa Ōtakaro/Avon River Architect Craig South explores this exciting addition to the central city

It was a day for celebration and discovery when Christchurch’s new City Promenade opened on 25 November with a scavenger hunt, live music, face painting and eel feeding
A few weeks before the official opening I was lucky enough to be invited on a tour of the new waterfront on the north side of Te Papa Ōtakaro/Avon River between Christchurch Hospital and Manchester

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Savouring the Kiwi summer

Architect Craig South looks forward to the Christmas break and celebrates the Kiwi holiday tradition of sharing good times with friends and family

It always feels like a sprint in the lead-up to Christmas, with so much to organise in such a short time No wonder we all need a holiday at the end of it!

Whether it’s a staycation at home, a holiday at a campground in a tent or campervan, or a motel, bach or crib getaway, most New Zealanders will be looking forward to enjoying some well-deserved time

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A positive way forward

Architect Craig South suggests a new campaign promoting Christchurch’s spirit of exploration is a good fit with the city’s past and its current culture of innovation

Christchurch has come a long way since the earthquakes, but we have yet to attract enough people to the city to get it really humming

Not everyone will agree on how this is to be done, but ChristchurchNZ has certainly front footed the challenge this month by launching a new promotional campaign Called The Christchurch Story, it invites newcomers ‘to explore the opportunity’ available in

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Embracing our accessible city

Architect Craig South takes a look at how Christchurch’s growing cycle and pedestrian infrastructure is poised to transform the city’s future

Part of the vision for the Christchurch rebuild was to create a city that would be safer, cleaner and easier to access Most Cantabrians agree with that in principle, while still commuting to work every day in private motor vehicles that pollute the environment and clog up roads Maybe it’s time to rethink how we travel in and out of the city

I’m optimistic this will happen as people begin

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Protecting your home investment

In the wake of another big building firm collapse, architect Craig South offers insights on safeguarding your home for the future

For those preparing to make one of the biggest investments of their lives, building a new home, it must be terrifying to read about the failures of building companies which go into receivership on a regular basis

How do you protect yourself against this kind of risk and other potential perils when planning for your future nest?

Investing in a new home is such a huge undertaking Many people will only

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Puzzle turning to promise in central city

Architect Craig South reviews progress on the Christchurch rebuild and finds a city on the cusp of an exciting future

Christchurch has waited six years for the 100 day blueprint to come off the plan and deliver on its promise, but the new CBD revealed in that blueprint is now moving much closer

The plan laid out by the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) in 2012 was a bold one, based on a vision of the city’s future produced by the Christchurch City Council in consultation with the public through the

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Creating a Central Community

Can the quiet cul-de-sac exist in the central city?

Architect Craig South believes it can as he explores what we might be missing in our central city neighbourhood

There is a common misconception that living in the center of a city, especially residing in an apartment complex, means you forgo the sense of community that is often found living in a quiet cul-de-sac However, this doesn’t have to be the case And, with a little planning and focus, our central city can become a united, diverse community, equaling even the most

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Enduring Architecture

Architect Craig South explores the positive impact quality, well-considered design can have on a family’s future

After recently catching up with clients who are still living in their home 10 years after it was designed, the importance of well-considered design was abundantly clear When we were designing the Brown House, all those years ago, they were a young family with two small boys and another on the way, they had never built before and didn’t have a clear picture of what they wanted But they knew how they wanted to

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A New Approach To An Old Problem

Architect Craig South explores an alternative to the norm when it comes to central city living

Architecture is typically viewed as a whole – the exterior lines, the internal layout and the fit-out And while it is all of that, if we were to strip it back to a considered shell, we have what is known as Naked Architecture A term being used overseas to describe buildings that are being designed and built with no preconceived ideas around their internal layout and use Buildings that the end-user is able to

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Central Christchurch: A Unique Neighbourhood- The Kilmore Street Apartment Complex

While buildings are being ripped down around the city, it was a real treat to be working on a site where we had the opportunity to convert an existing building (having been designed specifically for the Canterbury Commerce Club) and construct a new apartment building alongside to create a vibrant mixed-use complex Combining 10 apartments and a commercial space, the development takes advantage of the tree lined street, views to the north and hills to the south, with large openings, private outdoor living spaces and large steel balconies

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Central Christchurch: A Unique Neighbourhood- The Kilmore Street Apartments

As we have previously discussed, a successful city needs to have a mixture of housing typologies, each suiting a different family dynamic This project, The Kilmore Street Apartments, is an investment property specifically aimed at the rental market Quality rental accommodation is vitally important in any city, servicing those that cannot or choose not to purchase their own home Designing an investment property creates new challenges; it can be difficult to find a balance between an attractive, livable home for tenants and a solid, lasting investment for the owner

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Central Christchurch: A Unique Neighbourhood- Peterborough Housing Co-Operative

As demonstrated in The Cambridge Terrace home, not all central city living is high rise and high density There are many other options to explore

The Peterborough Housing Co-Operative Development is a prime example of a medium density development but with a unique twist

Their site, a small step back from Central Christchurch, was originally home to multiple workers cottages; simple small-scale homes with small plots of land This development draws from the density of the sites origins, but distributes the buildings in

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BACH BUILD: PART 21 – The End of the Journey

Wow! How time flies!

I can’t believe it has been six months since the first official holiday weekend at our bach!

In the lead up to the Christmas break, we spent many weekends in Hanmer chipping away at the lengthy to -do list, finishing all the little bits and pieces, until finally it was complete! 100% finished! And ready for the first big test!

Not only were the four of us staying in the bach for three weeks over the Christmas break, but we had invited many friends and family to spend time

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Central Christchurch: A Unique Neighbourhood- Cambridge Terrace Home

One of the most remarkable things about this project is that it is a generous home built on a site many of our clients would have thought of for development In fact, only a couple of streets over, we designed a 5 town-house development on a site of similar size

Although, historically, the street and those surrounding it would have housed relatively sizeable homes for influential families Close to the amenities of the central city, this was considered a desirable residential area Travelling

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Central Christchurch: A Unique Neighbourhood


The Verve Precinct

In this latest blog series, we are going to explore the different ways the central city is being occupied after the disastrous earthquakes that changed our city forever

As a practice, we want to introduce housing typologies and demonstrate the different ways to inhabit the city center

We believe, although many perceive us as architects of suburban family homes, we are experts in creating environments for people to live in These come in all shapes and sizes We know our skill

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As we piled into the cars (dog and cat included!) for our first holiday weekend at the bach, I couldn’t help but think of all the things we had to do once we arrived Although the bach is technically finished, with just a few bits and pieces to be tidied up, and thankfully no longer a building site, to me, it is still a project I haven’t reached that point where I think of it as a relaxing home-away-from-home, instead I

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The reality was, we couldn’t spend the week of the school holidays at the bach It was just too incomplete And we needed to be out of the way so the guys on site could get their work done Although disappointed, we had to be practical, there was still too much going on on-site that, not only would we have gotten in the way, it wouldn’t have been the quiet and relaxing (and dust free!!) break we wanted Essentially it was

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A Missing Layer

As our city continues to strive forward in its rebuild, architect Cymon Allfrey questions whether we are building a city without substance  

As you walk the streets of any central city you notice and engage with the buildings that stand out, that ignite a reaction, that have character Yet if we peel back the layers, of any city, it is the buildings that pose no real architectural interest or value that are the ones which add the greatest character to the city

They are the ones that bring diversity of

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Right from the outset we’ve had a vision of camping when we thought about the bach It will be the anthesis of our Merivale home and we want our interior spaces to evoke memories of camping from my childhood We see the bach feeling like the little cabin the camping ground; the space, the conditions and the colours and finishes We feel that our form and design reflects this concept, we just have to find the appropriate furniture and ‘stuff’ to put

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Although in my last blog I raved about how wonderfully the Plan A and Plan B system had been working for us, I may have spoken a little too soon! Cyclone Debbie has meant Plan B has been in action for some time and so we are rapidly approaching the end of interiors But unfortunately, due to all the wet weather, Plan A just hasn’t been happening

Our painter has almost finished, in fact he is getting a little frustrated sharing such

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Medium-Density Housing – Is It For Us?

Architect Cymon Allfrey offers an insight into why we need to rethink how we live and embrace a new style of home

Medium density housing in New Zealand has been defined by the Ministry for the Environment as ‘comprehensive developments including four or more dwellings with an average density of less than 350m2 per unit It can include stand-alone dwellings, semi-attached, terraced housing or apartments, within a building of four storeys or less’

With the quarter acre Kiwi dream no longer viable within most of our cities, we need to reconsider

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What a difference two weeks can make!

Arriving on site, change is everywhere The services are all done and in (except for the photovoltaics that are coming in a few days), the inspectors have come and gone and we are all signed off for lining and most importantly, the windows are all in! Which is a nice milestone as the bach is now a lock up shell

Although there is still some uncertainty about programme, we are getting to the other side and

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I have found myself in an odd situation We have become so accustomed to seeing significant change when we visit the site; we went from standing on bare land to standing on the floor to standing in the structure all in a matter of weeks And now, I find myself standing in the main structure and I can’t see any obvious progress It is the most deflated I have felt during this whole process, even

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Often, to prepare them for what’s to come, we will say to clients that there are ten thousand decisions to make when building a house I’ve never counted the exact number but it seems like a fair guess! Throughout the decision-making process, architects offer guidance and frequently take on a sounding board role so clients have someone to bounce ideas around with to ensure a confident decision that will not compromise the critical path But, building our bach, I am both

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Beyond the Foreground

When it comes to building, only a small portion of homeowners are turning to a design professional to realize their dreams Architect Cymon Allfrey questions why the value an architect can bring to a project is so easily dismissed 

February saw internationally renowned Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye come to our shores Knighted for being one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK, he is recognised as a ‘world of influence in architecture’ Yet in a radio interview with one of our

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Woo Hoo! We have finally got consent!! The start date is looming and we are almost ready to go!! I’ve made the decision to invest a week of time tying up the loose ends, I’m an obsessive list maker and need to feel like I’m ticking things off before we get onsite, meeting up with Aaron to check we are on the same page should also help with the anxiety that is building!
I have now fully realised the perils of our choices in the documentation process, not drawing the fabrication

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As we had made the decision to work with Aaron and California Homes early in the piece, much of the tension was taken out of the way a project normally proceeds There was no tender process to select the best price, we knew Aaron was the best fit for the project and was the obvious choice But like many of my clients, I’m worried that we have to put our complete trust in Aaron, trust is all we have got to rely on And that can be a scary

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As the title of my first blog suggests Ange and I see the bach as a legacy for our family to enjoy for many years to come We hope that our family will own it for a long time and our daughters will continue to use it long after we’ve gone However, we are mindful that while we have committed capital into it, we don’t want it to remain a financial burden for us or our daughters

Many of our clients have similar mindsets, they are in a stage of

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The moment has arrived, it is finally time to lodge for consent! Neville and the team at Kirk Roberts have finished the documentation and all the certification has been done I’ve written (and re-written!) my resource consent application arguments fighting our case, now all we can do is wait Wait to see if the council approves our design, wait to see if they buy into our Kiwi Bach dream, wait to see if we can actually make this a reality

As I have mentioned previously, this whole process has been a challenge

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Unforeseen Casualties

As a different set of cracks begin to show, architect Cymon Allfrey reflects on Christchurch six years since the February quakes

This time of year brings with it reflection on the recovery and rebuild of our city, and its people In the days, weeks, months and first few years following the February 22 earthquake we worked our way through a period of recovery; before moving into a period of rebuilding

The fallout of the earthquakes left no stone unturned, no one was left unaffected and for a long time the devastation

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In parallel with all of our design changes, we are also trying to appoint new people to the team, some of whom are struggling with our concepts! One of the many advantages of using CAD drafting systems is that the 3D models that drop out of them can be rendered to produce realistic images These renders allow us to start seeing the finished product, how the bach fits into the environment, the views from different windows and really start to get a feel for how it all works together

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It didn’t take me long to fall back in love with our design, the simplicity of the structures and the way they flow together on the site is exactly what we wanted, I just needed a little push to fully commit All along we have crafted the design to maintain the character and qualities of a bach, embracing the look of being ‘hand-made’ Now that we have committed to a design, I feel I want to take this notion a step further, not hiding behind gib stopping and painting

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As many husbands will tell you, it can be very difficult to know when your wife is unhappy about something But as all wives will declare, it can take a jack hammer to the head to make your husband notice how you are feeling After years of marriage I know I should have picked up on it sooner, Ange was noticeably unconvinced about the folly She couldn’t get her head around the sheer purposelessness of the structure nor the need for it to be so vastly different from the

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A Folly! It used to be that every wealthy Estate in England would have at least one folly on their grounds Ranging from mock Roman temples, Egyptian pyramids, Tatar tents and all variety of unusual and striking designs Traditionally appearing to have no practice purpose, simply providing decoration and a symbol of status, ultimately the term is used to describe a small building that shows folly or foolishness on behalf of the builder  Can we adapt that concept for our own use? Stretch the notion of pushing the boundaries

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Now that we have all had a break over Christmas, it is time to get back into it Time to reassure Jade and Aaron this is a project they want to be involved in

With a team in place, we need to sell the whole notion of what we are trying to achieve We need them to buy into our dream I wonder if Pinot and Beer will help seal the deal…

Getting the team around the table to thrash out some ideas, I set down some instructions; we want them

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Put your walking shoes on, and explore the inner city this summer Architect Cymon Allfrey shares his must-walk route

The end of one year, and the beginning of the next is always a time to reflect on what has been and look forward to what is to come When it comes to our cityscape and built environment the best way to do this is by foot In past years I have suggested this is done following key roads, from one building to another This year however the route is dictated

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Instead of jumping on a plane to Europe to dodge decisions, I know we need to initiate new members into our team to get this project off the ground So far, our design team has simply consisted of the four of us but to achieve the result we want, our design team will need to expand, incorporating a builder and engineer

When recommending an external consultant to clients, I consider the best fit for the project and for the personalities involved, the uniqueness of the build and competency of the

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Up until this point I have not had to be an architect, but simply a father, a husband and an investor Now that the purchase of the site is finalised, we have to decide what buildings we are going to put on it My first response is to start drawing So I do Like a mad man It isn’t until I show my family the initial sketches that I realise the misstep I have taken Although Angela appreciated the work in my designs, I did not consult her or

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The questions sure are piling up quickly! It’s as though as soon as one decision is made, another follows requiring immediate attention I can now truly appreciate how overwhelmed some of our clients must feel in the beginning stages of their design and build journey, with so many details to be finalised, the initial excitement can so quickly turn to stress!

Before we can begin discussing our options, I set my family a challenge; to really think about the way they want to live in the bach and to consider

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Like many kiwis, my wife Angela and I have often dreamed of building a holiday home to enjoy with family and friends as we grow older A bach to make the most of this beautiful country, a private paradise to escape the daily grind with little notice, a home away from home to create memories with our family About 12 years ago we were very close to making that dream a reality, very nearly purchasing a site, but after some considerable deliberation; we determined it simply wasn’t the right

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The Perfect Recipe

Architect Cymon Allfrey questions whether the pressures of a post-quake environment is changing the design process

What makes one home more interesting than another? The specific property, raising this train of thought is an award-winning home we designed here in Christchurch, which has gained both local and international attention It got me thinking: why this home, and not others?

From the outset this property was special The site was well orientated for the sun, boasted fantastic established planting and was private and peaceful, despite being on a waterway

As well as the

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Learning to Love and Appreciate

Architect Cymon Allfrey explains why we should sow the seed, and let the wasteland that is earmarked to be our future Stadium earn its place in our hearts 

There were a number of initiatives that were undertaken to generate the vision of our central city They offered an opportunity for us to have our say and from these initiatives, and the subsequent blueprint for a post-quake Christchurch, emerged anchor projects Large scale public buildings that will bring opportunity and activity to the city

However, these anchor projects have divided the public

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The space in between

Having recently returned from Italy and the Venice Architectural Biennale, Architect Cymon Allfrey is questioning whether we need to be thinking outside of the box when it comes to our urban spaces 

Offering an international platform on which to experience architecture as a built environment, the La Biennale di Venzia, or the Venice Biennale, is a forum of education and inspiration For my colleague, and I, it was a forum which added a third dimension to the glossy pictures, web-based seminars and articles that we typically refer to

The curated exhibition

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Activating the edges

With the cluster of buildings surrounding the Square – each aligned with enjoyment and gathering – this is a space to watch!

As you all know, I am a passionate advocator for the Town Hall restoration Viewing photos of the work being completed inspired my thinking about that area of Christchurch and the extensive development being undertaken, and about to start

The grid layout of our inner city streets is an important aspect of our history and one that we need to retain and embrace As a combined area, it is

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The South Frame

Architect Cymon Allfrey takes a walk through the proposed South Frame, leaving him excited about this development 

As we zig-zagged our way through empty sections, demolition, car yards and new building sites, we could see the vision begin to unfold

Identified as playing a crucial role in creating a greener, better connected central city, the South Frame is set to be comprised of four large interconnected areas designed to create space for events, performances, public art and markets Covering three blocks it links the Innovation and Health precincts and is bordered

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Award winning: what does it really mean?

With the architectural award season upon us, architect Cymon Allfrey asks whether the public really agree with the judges

Celebrating architecture is something we should be undertaking as a community: something that should be driven by the individuals, and general public, who experience the building on a daily basis So why do we only celebrate architecture within programmes that dovetail directly into organised societies goals and objectives?

From the Canterbury Heritage Awards to the New Zealand Architecture awards, there are numerous programmes that celebrate successful buildings’, be they residential or commercial

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It’s what’s on the inside that counts

Architect Cymon Allfrey shares his thoughts on why we should be looking inward when it comes to architecture

Architecture is not simply about being shiny and new, it is about well-crafted, well-organised spaces that enhance living, not limit it For many however, architecture is only considered as an external benefit, as a tool that has been utilised to craft a well orientated, well dressed ‘shell’ of a structure on a site And it is often not until you step inside the ‘shell’ and are able to appreciate the space within,

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It doesn’t have to be love at first sight

Architect Cymon Allfrey reflects on why one day we will look back and recognise that what we have achieved is a unique style of architecture, just for us

There are a number of varying opinions around the aesthetic quality of the architecture that is emerging in our post quake commercial environment Love it or hate it, it is a developing cityscape that tells a unique story And is shaping an architectural style that is ours, and ours alone

In Christchurch, we have several factors influencing our built landscape, factors which go

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How protected are you?

What would happen if your builder went into receivership part way through your build? Architect Cymon Allfrey explores the possibility of proportionate liability insurance

Watching the news around Stonewood Homes unfold has captivated many in the construction sector While they aren’t the first, and sadly won’t be the last to go into receivership, as a big player in the industry it will be interesting to see how this will impact the market as a whole

For those home builders affected, the Registered Master Builders Association were quick to assure

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City living

As the designer of The Verve Apartments on Peterborough Street, architect Cymon Allfrey explains why our thinking needs to change when it comes to inner city living 

From an architectural perspective, apartment living is about blending the convenience of central amenities with the requirements of a typical suburban home Bringing the two together can be a challenge

With a high level of off-site amenity comes another layer of complexities, the most notable being a ‘compromised’ form of privacy, as with apartment living comes shared spaces In their simplest form they are

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Five years on

As we reflect on the last five years, Architect Cymon Allfrey asks us to look forward – is our greatest challenge yet to come?

Towards the end of last year I was asked to present at the Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) conference about how we, as a design community, responded to the events of 04 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 Centered on the days and weeks immediately after these events unfolded, the presentation was designed to provide an insight into Christchurch at that time As a lead-in to

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Street appeal

Street art could be described as an art movement in its infancy but what is most exciting is that Christchurch is becoming its international centre Architect Cymon Allfrey explains

Throughout the rebuild, and particularly in the last eighteen months as the soul of the city returns, we have talked about how our city can make its mark How we can be special, and stand apart from others Street-art is one of those ways

For George Shaw his obsession with street-art began with the simple act of buying a t-shirt

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