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‘Mix it Up’ in Pita Kaik

(Pictured above Perspective – Theatre from Kilmore Street)

International design team Architectus and Wellington-based Andrew Sexton Architecture have taken out the top award in a competition to create a new development on a block of land in Kilmore Street.

The Mix it Up contest, run by the Peterborough Village group of residents, businesses and property owners, sought designs for a two to four storey development in a central Christchurch neighbourhood that had suffered extensive damage in the Canterbury earthquakes.

The Architectus team won first equal place for their design, “A Public Greenway”, which focussed on a green corridor through the site that provides a gateway for the Peterborough community.

Perspective – Park

Perspective – Park

Co-winner Andrew Sexton Architecture won for its “New ‘Urbanism’ for Christchurch”, which focussed on new methods of construction for Christchurch.


Structure detail

Peterborough Village chairman Mark McEntyre said the winning entries were fresh, had a combination of elements and could be used in other parts of the city.

Overall – Axonometric

Overall – Axonometric

Designers had been asked to include residential, retail and business spaces, as well as a repertory theatre and café. Judges had looked for designs that had a sense of place and sat well in the landscape, McEntyre said.

Perspective – Courtyard

Perspective – Courtyard

Perspective Cafe

Perspective Cafe

“We asked the competitors to take into consideration the history of the land and what the designs look like in a New Zealand context.”

The Prince of Wales is pleased the competition explicitly seeks a mixed-use rebuild to encourage “liveability, accessibility and permeability, with a sustainable energy efficient focus and a strong sense of place.” Prince Charles emphasised that success will not be “merely about building design, but also about the spaces they create and the communities they generate”.

Peterborough Village committee member and Landscape Architect Di Lucas said the idea for the competition came after the inner-city commercial area was re-zoned for mixed-use redevelopment. “We were very concerned about the lack of understanding of the exciting potential for mixed use.

She said the competition was promoted as a way to spark inspiration for redevelopment of the area.”

“We are hoping that owners will be inspired by the designs, we hope to see them influence what happens in the area,” said Lucas.

Prizes were awarded for structural innovation in response to our land and water; use of timber; prefabrication; sense of place; and, for being a provocative concept (the last replaced the “microclimate management” prize which was not awarded).

Overall winners first equal:

124: Architectus

130: Andrew Sexton Architecture

Special prizes:

1. Structural innovation:

Winner: 132 – Continuum Architecture & Ken Robinson Architects

Highly commended: 126 – Dalman Architecture & Kirk Roberts

2. Prefabrication:

Winner 124 – Architectus

Highly Commended 132 – Continuum Architecture & Ken Robinson  Architects

Sponsor: Prefab NZ

3. Timber use:

Winner: 130 – Andrew Sexton Architecture

Sponsor: NZ WOOD

5. Sense of place:

130 – Andrew Sexton Architecture

4. Provocative Concept:

Winner 132 – Continuum Architecture & Ken Robinson Architects

Highly commended 125 – Stuart Taylor

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 16 May 2013