Category: 8. Canterbury Rebuild Innovation
Most effective use of timber in architectural and engineering terms, as a response to the Canterbury rebuild – this award is open to both built and unbuilt.
Van Herpt Architects Ltd
The brief received was very simple and straight forward, the shop needed rebuilding quickly and to do so needed to use as much timber as possible so that it could be built by the owner with as few additional subtrades as possible. It needed to show off the business, be cost, and look like it belongs on a suburban street corner.
It was built over the existing slab and was commenced in December 2010 and trading from April 2011. A range of timbers were used, NZ Oregan for the framing, LVL for roof support beams, plywood for exterior cladding, American Oak for the window joinery, entry door and trims, and larch for cover battens.
The shopfront joinery was designed and made to include decorative insert work in keeping with the business of purpose made furniture. The corner entry with decorative tiles was repeated. Internally the LVL beams allowed the interior space to become zones allowing for flexibility in displays and uses. Skylights provide good natural lighting while allowing for the reuse of the leadlights from the original building.
We believe this is a good example of using timber effectively in order to get this business back trading quickly and within budget while giving the building a number of features not generally used in commercial work of this nature, which helps bridge the gap of a commercial building in a residential area.