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character renovation

Step inside an elegant home transformation


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Brick By Brick the latest technology in masonry construction

Home heating Keep the heat in this winter and create a drier, warmer home

THE LAUNDRY An overlooked room in the home is put under the spotlight

WALLCOVERINGS we talk to a man with a passion for wallpaper june/july 2013





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editor’s note

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Welcome As our footpaths, roads and corner curbs are repaired, the presence of endless rows of road cones and thirty kilometre speed zones slowly move around the city. While they are an indication of traction in the rebuild of our city, there is an extensive amount of work and maintenance yet to be undertaken. With authorities commenting it could be 2026 before our roads are fully repaired, what kind of impact is it having on our city, and most importantly on our people? While cycling down a road in Merivale recently, my sister found herself in a crumpled heap on the road, having nicked a pothole with the wheel of her bike. Several hours later she left the 24 Hour Surgery with her arm in a cast - the tumble having resulted in a broken arm and wrist. She left, a statistic of one of the many health impacts from the earthquakes, having been told that the 24 Hour Surgery are seeing, on average, three broken bones a week as a result of earthquake damaged roads. So while the roads may be taking a toll mentally, pay a thought to the physical impacts that are also being played out – and take care! As well as taking care on our roads, it is important we are taking care at home, so this issue we bring you features on the latest technology in bricks (page 38), the low down on insulation (page 42) and what you need to know when thinking about waterproofing wet areas (page 30). Helping you to build a safer and warmer home for your family. We hope you enjoy our latest issue.

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Be brave, change often; redefine your interior space using colour, texture and design that is only achieved with wallpaper. Dress your walls with Vision and make them as unique as you are - new seasons collections like Grand Chateau pictured above, are arriving in stores now, seek them out and be inspired. To find you local stockist go to and re-discover the beauty of wallpaper. 0800 WALLPAPER

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contents 16

FEATURES 12 designer showcase

for the love of walls

Meet a man with a passion for wallcoverings

16 cover story

restoring character

Step inside an elegant renovation in the heart of Fendalton 16

24 bathrooms

bathroom basics

Where to start when thinking about planning your bathroom

30 building smarter

smarter, drier bathrooms

Discover wall and floor linings designed to combat moisture

32 flooring

an italian touch

From the latest trends to advice on selecting the perfect tile

34 cabinetry

at home with nature

We talk to the experts when it comes to natural wood veneer

this issue COLUMNS 08 trends update

Brighten up winter with new looks in carpet, furniture and more

51 diy project

3D panels make a statement in the kitchen

53 news

36 laundry solutions

considering the laundry

An often overlooked room is put under the spotlight

58 the last word


The latest must-haves plus our top picks from kiwi designers A new gateway to Lyttelton

38 cladding

brick by brick

Uncover the latest technology advances in brick construction


character renovation

Step inside an elegant home transformation

42 home heating

keeping the heat in

How to achieve a warmer, drier, healthier home this winter


46 home heating

in hot water

A gas fire company proves they have more to offer

48 out & about

places we love

We go online shopping and into the central city for coffee and cake





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on the cover A Fendalton property is transformed into a modern family home. See more on page 16. Photography Johannes van Kahn.

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trends update

Bridging The Gap Perfect picture framing will cross over between contemporary, traditional or antique furniture. There is a frame style to suit every artwork at Eco Frame & Mirror – from ornate Italian classics to contemporary deep-set box frames. Make your house a home with framing that protects and beautifies all your beloved artwork and photos.


inspiration The team at Frobisher Interiors share their hot-picks for warm cosy interiors this winter

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A Modern Take With its soft, plush feel the new solution-dyed nylon carpet ranges from Cavalier Bremworth could have anyone fooled it’s wool. The Stainmaster SolarMax carpets have outstanding colour protection from UV light and the specially engineered fibres repel and lock out most stains so spills are easier to clean – a plus for any family. The best thing about these carpets is they are made right here in New Zealand and backed by the quality reputation of Cavalier Bremworth.

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Material Style ZINC is a sensational fabric brand that is strong, tactile and urban, all while being presented in a seductive monochromatic palette. Intriguing textural weaves, luxurious silks, jacquard velvets and deliciously tactile faux furs work confidently together giving weight, glamour and originality to upholstered furniture, drapes and accessories.

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designer showcase

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Selecting the perfect wallpaper for your home is a daunting and often overwhelming process, filled with a multitude of decisions around colour, pattern, design and suitability. For Dave Abbotts, this overwhelming process of selecting the perfect ‘look’ is an everyday challenge. As the Design Manager for Vision Wallcoverings, New Zealand’s largest manufacturer and importer of wallpaper and wallcoverings, Dave’s role requires him to select and style the collections that are launched into New Zealand as well as international markets. “Every year we attend the Heimtextil trade show JUNE/JULY 2013

in Frankfurt, which is a major textile and wallpaper show, and from there select various designs, colourways and collections to bring to New Zealand.” With wall to wall options at the trade show it can be an overload on the senses, which is why, prior to their attendance each year Dave, the National Sales & Marketing Manager and Vision Wallcoverings General Manager sit down to sketch out ideas for the upcoming seasons. “We look at what is selling well on the market already, and what trends are emerging nationally and internationally. This ensures we are going in prepared,” he shares with a laugh. “It

Lucinda Diack meets a man with a passion for wallcoverings and an eye for detail

can be hard not to be instantly drawn to designs which are your personal preference. As we are bringing in designs that need to appeal to the mass middle market, we have to try and keep our feet on the ground. The important thing is to be able to touch the pulse of emotion that gives rise to the designs, and identify the underlying drive that creates the trend.” Dave is quick to add that if he, or one of his buyers are particularly “passionate about a design and can present a good case, then we do take leaps of faith – sometimes they pay off and other times they don’t. It can be very hard to predict the market.” Drawing inspiration from

what “patterns, colours and styles are emerging in other areas of interior decoration such as fabric is often a good starting point” comments Dave, “and we are constantly looking online at international interior blogs and websites as a spring board for ideas.” Like many interior trends, what we are seeing in the New Zealand market is often a season or two behind our international counterparts. “While the industrial look is only just gaining traction here, its popularity in Europe was at a peak nearly two years ago,” comments Dave. “However, this isn’t always the case, the hugely popular damask designs came

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ABOVE Dave Abbotts, Design Manager for Vision Wallcoverings. MAIN IMAGE Diva - Black Damask wallpaper available from Vision Wallcoverings.



There is no doubting the popularity of retro style designs that echo a 1950s look

ABOVE (left to right) Wallpapers, Elements, Chacran and Modern Style all reflect elements of 1950s design. OPPOSITE Carravaggio wallpaper.

back with a vengeance right across the world, almost simultaneously.” With such a vast array of weird and wonderful patterns, colours, designs and styles to chose from, Dave comments “it can be comforting to see other companies mirror” his selection. “We can select a design that we think would not only sell well, but be something a bit different, and

then suddenly that design is appearing on fabrics and other home interior items! It is a great measure for us. When this happens we know we have got it right.” With a desire to be a fine artist, it was on advice from a college lecturer that Dave ventured into textiles, and he hasn’t looked back. “I love it,” he shares. “I love seeing the process of an idea being

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designer showcase generated, to it being projected onto a canvas for a wall.” With an eye for detail, Dave only has to look at a pattern to be able to see how it will translate into a wallcovering. “For wallcoverings it is often about a repeat pattern, but that doesn’t mean every pattern is suitable for a wall. I love being able to look at a design and see how it will work. And if it isn’t going to be suitable, then in some cases being able to work with the designer to rectify the problem.” Currently markets are trending toward a nostalgic feel. There is also no doubting the popularity of retro style designs that echo a 1950s look. Damasks still have a strong presence, and while plain or texture designs are perennial favourites, natural weaves appear to be the style of choice. However, Dave is quick to add “you can’t go wrong if you think about the style of your home. Pick your colourway first and then the design or pattern from there. Neutrals will forever and a day be at the top of the list, closely followed by black and white, but ultimately you just need to be comfortable with what you are putting up. If you love it and are confident with it, then the wow factor will follow.”






Photography Johannes van Kahn

Nestled down a long driveway in the heart of Fendalton is an elegant character home that has been lovingly brought back to life



The kitchen is now an open, modern space featuring beautiful stone benchtops by Trethewey Artisan Stone. Manufactured and installed by Mackay Kitchens, the kitchen cabinetry features timber-recessed doors with a spray lacquer finish, and soft-close hardware from Blum. JUNE/JULY 2013




For Jacqui Delhaye and her husband it was love at first sight when they first encountered their Christchurch property. With Jacqui’s husband the head of one of the United Nation Agencies and stationed in Namibia, they viewed the house while on holiday, before bidding on it at auction with the intention of one day retiring in New Zealand. “I was bidding at the auction, via the phone at 1:30am Namibian time, in a nightie, clutching a hot water bottle!” shares Jacqui. Since August 2001 however, their plans have changed and instead the couple have completed an elegant character renovation for others to enjoy. Having been used as a rental property for the last eleven or so years, the property hadn’t been maintained to the standard the Delhayes would have liked, so the decision was made to “restore the house to a required graciousness,” prior to putting it on the market. “I wanted a chic but neutral palette, with a wow factor onto which the new owners could then stamp their own individuality,” shares Jacqui. “From an early age I was taught to appreciate architectural styles and to develop a sympathetic approach to enhancing them,” she continues. JUNE/JULY 2013

Undertaking such a major renovation from the other side of the world however meant it was essential that Jacqui have someone on the ground to project manage. As an interior designer herself Jacqui did have some reservations about, not only working with someone across different time-zones, but about how it would be to work with another designer, so ensuring she selected the right one was critical. That right designer was Emma Morris from Eterno Design. “I could not have managed this huge undertaking had it not been for Emma,” comments Jacqui. “She was innovative, has an excellent eye and understanding of what was required and moved mountains to implement what we needed.” For Emma it was a dream project. “I have worked on homes in Australia and throughout New Zealand before, so I was comfortable with working with a client who was overseas, and it is amazing how much you can get done over email. It really helped that Jacqui and I spoke the same language and had the same desire to bring the home back to the way it should be.” As a kitchen and bathroom designer, first and foremost, Emma found herself tasked with the challenge of not only

With five bedrooms, three living spaces and four bathrooms, this is an expansive house that has been elegantly designed


TOP LEFT The pool house is flanked by Boston Black Honed Granite tiles from Stone & Tile Solutions. bottom LEFT Howard Landscape Artistry weaved a sinuous ribbon of green turf through areas of existing planting. project managing the renovation, but completing the design of the kitchen, four bathrooms, interior joinery, laundry, walkin-wardrobes, exterior details and much more. “In all projects it is important that the sub-contractors I am working with are ones I can count on to produce a high quality end result, and especially so in a project of this nature,” she comments. Having known Ross Bailey of Ross Bailey Builders for nearly a decade, and having worked together on previous projects, it was a natural decision for Emma and Ross to collaborate once again. “This was a project that just grew and grew,” comments Ross and his team, “and the end result is one of wow. It is pristine, clean and in keeping with the existing style of the home.” With the original interior of the home being described as “warren like and cluttered,” Ross and his team were charged with stripping everything back to achieve the open and crisp interior configuration desired by Emma and Jacqui. Ross comments that the challenge and enjoyment of a renovation is the manner in which what was there, and what is to


renovation Carefully applied by Dennis Brown Painters, About Colour Chalk White is used throughout the interior. It is complemented by Resene Quarter Alabaster on the window frames, skirtings, architraves and ceiling.

be there, is blended together to achieve a cohesive outcome. “This renovation,” he shares, “still features a significant amount of original work, we simply restored and replaced as needed.” Despite being more well known for his work on modern, architecturally designed homes, for Ross and his team the renovation of this character house was a “wonderful challenge” and provided them with the opportunity to translate and illustrate their skills and sympathetic nature when it comes to working with old and new. Working with Emma on the interior of the home was Mackay Kitchens. As manufacturers of joinery and interior cabinetry they translated Emma’s designs into reality. “We manufactured and installed almost all of the interior joinery in the home,” shares owner Chris Moore. “The classical look of the home meant, like in a number of other projects we undertake, that we were making up samples prior to manufacturing to ensure the end look was what the client was after.” It was this level of detail and care that saw Emma bring Trethewey Artisan Stone on board. Specialising in kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities and fire surrounds, they pride themselves on working with a high end product and exceeding expectations. The use of Shitake Caesarstone for the kitchen island and L shaped benchtop, and Purity Essastone for the walk-in scullery, laundry and vanity tops, ticked all the boxes when it came to meeting the client brief of neutral but chic. The natural benchtops coupled with quartz stone worked effortlessly together to achieve a sophisticated and elegant look, which is also prestigious and practical. To complement the stone benchtops and original timber floors, natural stone flooring tiles were selected for the wet and thoroughfare areas of the home. “It is not often you see a home which features such an extensive use of natural stone,” comments Meranie Oliver of Stone & Tile Solutions. “It has been great to see this home undergo such a huge transformation.” Meranie worked closely with Emma to select the best product for the job. Settling on natural stone tiles, including Paloma Travertine in the kitchen, hallway and two of the home’s bathrooms, Avorio Limestone in the remaining two bathrooms, and Boston black honed granite tiles outside. Like the rest of the renovation, careful product selection ensured the natural stone tiles are not only versatile and classic JUNE/JULY 2013


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but work comfortably with the style and age of the house. Like in many renovations and new builds, a comprehensive lighting plan was essential for ensuring the interior and exterior is useable and practical at all times of the day. As one of the largest independently owned lighting stores in New Zealand, Lighting 351 were brought to the team to provide interior and exterior light fittings which would fit with the existing décor. “We have an extensive range of lights,” comments Tony Cutler, “so we have something to suit everyone’s tastes and style. In this case it was about finding lighting which would fit with the modern, yet classic, nature of this home.” The selection of soft neutrals for the exterior and interior walls completed the look of the home. With an extensive amount of paintwork to be completed, experience and an eye for detail was a must — requirements which brought Dennis Brown Painters to the project. Carefully applied by Dennis and his team, About Colour Chalk White covers all of the interior walls, with Resene Quarter Alabaster highlighting the window frames, skirtings, architraves and ceiling. For continuity, on the exterior of the home Resene Quarter Alabaster is used as a highlight, while the weatherboards are painted in Resene Concrete. Upon first entering the property Emma comments it was like discovering a hidden wonderland. “Despite the garden being completely overgrown, the potential was there and the discovery of an orchard JUNE/JULY 2013

around the back of the section was like uncovering a secret garden,” she shares with a smile. Charged with bringing the garden back to life was Bill Howard of Howard Landscape Artistry and Dale Schwalger. Having had success at both the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows, Bill was no stranger to the importance of designing a garden that reflects the surrounding architecture. “Our role was to continue the existing traditional villa planting around the house and drive, with an emphasis on foliage and restrained colour, while highlighting the formal courtyard with a distinctly sharper style,” comments Bill. By maintaining themes from elsewhere on the property the end result is as seamless, chic and natural as the interior of the home. For both Jacqui and Emma the renovation was not just about restoring the shell of a building, it was about creating a house that has been designed and invested in, to last. Having just come onto the market, it was also about achieving a striking and simple design which new owners could effortlessly make their own — an opportunity that is ready for the taking. Having managed the entire renovation process for Jacqui, it was a natural decision for her to turn to Emma to assist with the sale process also. After all Christchurch has been through it is exciting to see a property of this nature and calibre still standing, let alone restored with such careful and elegant consideration.

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A well designed bathroom can make a huge impact on your household’s routine day in and day out – relieving arguments about use and space, and offering a whole new level of comfort and relaxation. The look of your bathroom is intricately tied to, an influenced by, the rest of your home. Continuity in colour, style and fittings from your kitchen and living areas will ensure your bathroom effortlessly blends and fits with the house design as a whole. It is important to remember that your bathroom is a utility area, so less is more when it comes to personal touches, particularly if the bathroom in question is to be used by guests. Drawers are a great way to not only store items such as toilet paper, soap and towels, but to hide away your personal items, keeping the bathroom clean, crisp and uncluttered.

Despite being a utility area in the home, the bathroom is also a space for relaxation, so needs to be designed with both notions in mind

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Where To Start Despite being a utility area in the home, the bathroom is also a space for relaxation, so needs to be designed with both notions in mind. When planning your bathroom, the first thing you should do is sit down and make a list of things you must have in the space, things that would be nice to have, and things you don’t need. This will allow you prioritise your budget on items that are not only essential to the operation of the space, but also important to you. Also consider how and who uses your bathroom, now and into the future. How many drawers and shelves do you need in the vanity? Do you want a bath? If you have a shower unit with doors, is there going to be enough space to open them, and so forth.

ABOVE Creating a contemporary, durable environment, this bathroom features Horizon Lining in Morning Dew from James Hardie. OPPOSITE Minimal and earthy, the cabinetry for this bathroom is finished in Treble Beech Wilderness from Bestwood.

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bathrooms Fittings Invest in good quality fittings. What may seem like a bargain at the start may end up costing a lot more than you saved when they fail. “There is nothing worse than having to remove beautifully laid tiles because the fifty dollar shower mixer you bought off Trade Me failed,” comments Darren. “It is also important to stick with reputable brands that have been around for awhile,” says Darren, “as this way, if you need a spare part in the future, it will be easier to track it down.” By buying new you are also ensuring your vanity surfaces and so forth are clean and hygienic from the outset. It is important to think about the materials you are introducing to your bathroom as you want them to be sealed and easy to clean! Like all areas of the home, when you are building or renovating it is the perfect time to be thinking about future proofing. In the bathroom this can be as simple as adding extra blocking into the wall should handrails ever be needed. “With the cost of modifying an existing home being eighty percent more expensive than adapting a home that has been built with such future-proofing features, the initial outlay costs will far outweigh the benefits,” comments Andrew Olsen from Lifemark. LEFT A tiled wetroom featuring a double shower by Bespoke Bathrooms. BELOW Creating indoor/outdoor flow, this bathroom features board and batten in Resene Waterborne Woodsman, tinted to Resene Treehouse and plasterboard in Resene Cumin.

Call The Experts For Darren Rule from Bespoke Bathrooms, one of the most important things to do when planning a bathroom is enlisting a designer to help. “Whether you are building or renovating, the bathroom (after the kitchen) is the most expensive area of the home, and the benefits of getting a designer involved will be far outweighed by the cost. They can work with you to put together a bathroom that meets your needs and suits your style of home.” Not only will a bathroom designer ensure you are getting the right fixtures and fittings for your space, they are able to co-ordinate the design and look. “There is nothing worse than opening a bathroom door and looking directly at a toilet,” comments Emma Morris from Eterno Design. “Placement in the bathroom is so important to how the space is used, and also how it looks both from inside and outside of the room.” june/july 2013



Lighter colours will reflect the light and make your space look larger Colour As the bathroom is often used for applying make-up and looking at oneself in the mirror, colour plays an important role. From your vanity, to the walls, to the floor, colour is an important consideration across all surfaces. Lighter colours will reflect the light and make your space look larger, while dark and constrasing colours will absorb the light making the room appear smaller. The use of the same or similar colours across all surfaces will allow the eye to move seamlessly across the space, making the whole area look larger. Pastel tones of warmer colours have complexion enhancing qualities so are often favoured over the use of cool pastels. TOP James Hardie’s HardieGroove Lining can be used in semi-wet areas and creates a traditional look. LEFT Designed by Strachan Group Architects, this ensuite features walls in Resene White Linen.

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Floors & Walls In wet areas what is underneath is just as important as your surfaces. It is paramount to prevent your walls and floors from swelling and rotting as a result of moisture. “However,” comments Darren, “don’t scrimp on the floor and wall coverings. Although the bulk of the work and cost goes on underneath, the surfaces are what you will be looking at day in, day out. If you invest in tiling, opt for a good quality porcelain tile, and make sure you are working with a tiler who not only comes with good references, but whose previous work you have seen.” ABOVE Designed by Salmond Reed Architects, this bathroom has eclectic, modern appeal. Walls finished in Resene Triple Mondo. RIGHT A calming watery environment is created using Athena Bathroomware and Resene Kumutoto on the walls.

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Bathrooms James Hardie continue to provide Cantabrians with peace of mind when it comes to wet areas Waterproofing your bathroom isn’t just about ensuring your floors and walls are suitable for use in a wet area. What about what is underneath? Whether your bathroom features tiles or smooth finish painted walls, it is critical that the lining of the area has been designed and installed for use as a wet area to prevent moisture seeping through. In Christchurch, where land movement is now a familiar occurrence, the selection of the correct lining is even more important to ensure that in the event of tiles cracking, you have a water-proof membrane underneath. After the earthquakes, a huge number of households were forced to replace not only their cracked bathroom tiles, but the walls and timber framing underneath which had suffered from extensive water damage, due to moisture seeping through cracks. Not to mention dealing with all the health issues that arise from living in a damp home. june/july 2013

Villaboard Lining from James Hardie building products is a smooth finished interior wall lining that can be painted or tiled to suit your home. Its resistance to fire damage and most importantly, from moisture and rotting, makes it the ideal solution for bathrooms, laundries or other steamy wet areas in the home. Laid in large sheets with recessed edges for flush jointing, it achieves a smooth and continuous surface and ensures that, in the event of your bathroom tiles cracking, it is well braced and will act as a barrier to water and moisture seeping through. Coupled with Sycon Secura Interior Flooring, James Hardie are able to offer homeowners a complete water resistant unit. The benefits of Sycon Secura flooring are that it will ensure your tiled areas stay beautiful by resting on a rigid, stable and moisture resistant floor. It also does not contain any chemicals like formaldehyde that you find on traditional timber

substrates. Not only does it offer you protection from water seeping through from the bathroom, but it provides you with a barrier to what goes on below – broken pipes and general dampness coming up from the ground. Aside from its durability, fire and moisture resistant qualities, the ability to do away with ceramic tile underlay before applying your flooring material is positioning Sycon Secura Interior flooring as the product of choice for more and more homeowners. Being able to tile directly onto this substrate saves you time and money, and removes the 3-5mm step between your carpet floors and tiled areas. Not only are these products designed to protect our walls and floors from water damage, they have been crafted to keep our homes warm and dry – ensuring we are rebuilding and living in smarter, healthier homes.



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An Italian Touch

Andy Lamont from Europica Tiles shares his passion for tiles


Where should I start when selecting the perfect tile? As tile colours can be more limiting than other finishes it pays to start with tiles rather than paint or fabric when working on your home’s colour scheme. Firstly you need to identify what the space is being used for and who will be using the area. From there, collate ideas to illustrate the look you want to achieve. We will then provide you with a tile that best fits your aesthetic and practical needs. Also, don’t be scared to go big! Larger tiles will enhance a room, while the use of contrasting tiles or a mosaic will add interest and personality to your space.     Are we seeing any trends in tiles this year? Tiles which replicate the natural, raw look of stone and concrete are one of the biggest trends this year, and there are some beautiful tiles coming out of our Italian factories which illustrate this. We are even able to replicate the look of


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stone from extinct quarries. Replica tiles offer the benefit of consistency in colour in the style of polished concrete, or the look of exquisite high-end stone at a fraction of the cost.


Are tiles easy care and low maintenance?  Not all tiles are low maintenance. You have to be careful with your tile selection and the look you are trying to achieve. Different types of tiles have different requirements. Some porcelain tiles will need to be sealed for stain resistance, and while this is sometimes done in the factory, you need to know if it has already been done and whether you will need to do it again over time. Softer stones like marble will age like an antique, however, they can only be cleaned with specific products and will also require sealing. It is important you are working with a professional who can equip you with the information you need to make the right decision for your home.



How important is it to ensure your tiles are being laid by a professional?  Tiles should ALWAYS be laid by a professional. It may look like an easy DIY job to save a little bit of money, but it can cost you down the road if anything goes wrong. Bathrooms are especially important, as dealing with wet areas requires extra care. If shower bases are not formed and laid correctly you can have drainage problems and get water pooling in unwanted areas. However, it is not just about laying your tiles in the correct manner. If the waterproofing is not done by a qualified tiler, moisture can seep through, resulting in damage to the structure of your home. Working with an accredited professional will ensure you have peace of mind and that the job is done right the first time. As members of the Canterbury Master Plasterers and Tilers Association, our work comes with added peace of mind.



Tiles featured on this spread are from the Italian Downtown Range, all available at Europica Tiles.

Tiles which replicate the natural, raw look of stone and concrete are one of the biggest trends this year

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at home with Nature

Paul Kennedy from Bestwood shares an insight into Natural Wood Veneer and how to use it in your home



the use of a natural wood veneer will add a timeless, natural visual appeal to any project




Mother Earth


What is a Veneer? Veneer is a range of decorative overlays pressed onto a range of substrate - base panel - options. With a wide range of timber species, producing a variety of looks, coupled with a multitude of uses, Veneer offers complete design flexibility in creating your own design aesthetic.


Why would I select to use a veneer over other like products? Bestwood Natural Wood Veneers add that defining qualitative detail to your domestic or commercial joinery and furniture. The natural grain, warmth, and colours of our wide selection of veneers ensure a stunning result. Whether classic or contemporary by design the use of a natural wood veneer will add a timeless, natural, visual appeal to any project.


What is the difference between Melamine and Veneer? Veneer is a natural timber product which is either sliced or peeled from a log, so comes as a raw leaf sheet or as a layon, which is where the ‘sheets’ have been joined together to create a larger

size sheet. Whereas Melamine is a paper and comes in a pre-impregnated “resin”. Essentially they both have the same end use capabilities, it really comes down to personal style, taste and budget. Veneer is the more expensive of the two so can be regarded as more of a luxury item.   Am I limited with how a veneer can be used? You are only limited by your imagination! There is very little our veneers can’t do.   What was the inspiration for your new Siena range? The New Siena Wood Veneer range was inspired by the New Zealand landscape, the seasonality of nature represents an organic balancing act: dry and golden to lush and wet, rugged and rough to tranquil and mild, dark and haunting to light and calm. As a result, nature presents us with many unique palettes, and nowhere is this more present than in New Zealand where there is so much variety in the landscape to be inspired by. The Siena range allows you to bring this inside.


ABOVE Cabinetry finished in Bestwood Siena Burnt Umber. OPPOSITE This stunning kitchen cabinetry uses Bestwood Siena Mineral.


Are veneer products low maintenance? This, like the installation process, depends on the end application. But like any timber products, direct sunlight should be avoided as fading, bleaching, colour changes and damage to the surface coating may occur. Dusting, polishing and greasy marks should be cared for with a soft damp cloth and try to avoid harsh cleaning solutions or excessive force when removing marks.   Are Bestwood Veneers a sustainable choice?  Definitely, not only do we want to make a difference in the world, but we have been awarded the Environmental Choice tick of accrediation. We confidently source and purchase from reputable suppliers, extending to the forest and fibre origins of the timber – a truly environmental approach to sourcing product.




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considering the laundry Despite being one of the most used areas of the home, the laundry is often overlooked Whether hidden behind a cupboard, in the garage or a stand alone room, the laundry is an integral part of the home. Every home needs plenty of storage and the laundry is no exception – washing powders, clothes baskets, dirty laundry, ironing boards, the iron, vacuum cleaner, mops and the list goes on. So where do you start when planning this utility room?

Appliances One of primary considerations for this space is appliances. First and foremost it is important to think about the size of your family, now and in the years to come. Do you really need a super sized washing machine? Also consider the practicalities of a dryer before investing in one. It will need venting, which is easy if it can be placed on an exterior wall, otherwise you may need to think about a condenser dryer.

Benchtops Like the kitchen, a workable benchtop with an integrated sink is a must in the laundry. This is a bench that will be used for bleaching and washing dirty laundry so it is important you consider this when selecting your benchtop material, stainless steel is a practical and popular choice. june/july 2013

ABOVE The Robinhood Ironing Centre with storage space for your iron and other accessories tucked neatly in behind. Top Right The Hideaway Laundry Hamper is ideal for dumping dirty laundry into – keeping it off the floor and discreetly hidden away until being washed.

laundry solutions Cupboards For those lucky enough to have the laundry in a separate room, you can’t go past tall cupboards filled with shelves ideal for storing towels, linen and even your hot water cylinder. This is also a great place to store the vacuum cleaner, broom, mop and ironing board.

Drying Racks More and more we are seeing drying areas integrated into the laundry. This can be as simple as having a space to drip dry woollens above the sink, built in hanging rails, or even allowing enough floor space for a freestanding clothes rack.

Drawers Whether your laundry is big or small you can’t go past the versatile nature of the drawer, and in particular a drawer that acts as a removable washing basket. The new Hideaway Bin Laundry Hamper from Kitchen King features air vents to reduce moisture and a robust steel frame designed to withstand the weight of wet washing. Popular in the kitchen and bathroom, the 15 litre Hideaway Bin can also be installed in the laundry beneath the sink and used as a storage space for washing powders and other essential items.

the laundry is an integral part of the home and needs to be planned carefully

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brick by

Lucinda Diack talks to the experts to dispel the myths surrounding building with bricks


Used as a domestic building material since the twelfth century it is little wonder that bricks insight notions of comfort and familiarity when used as an exterior cladding. However, since the Canterbury earthquakes, when so many had to deal with chimneys crashing through roofs, safety around the use of brick has been propelled into the spotlight. With a long history of use in Christchurch’s architectural style, you only have to look around the city to see that not all brick buildings failed. Not only have many remained standing, but over 80% of houses built using brick

since the 1990s experienced little to no visible damage from the earthquakes. This clearly illustrates that the technology advances have not only allowed brick to become a more versatile veneer, but also ensured it is safe and durable. New Zealand Brick Distributors Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Thomas Mitchell, comments that “the bricks we saw falling off churches and chimneys were structural brick rather than a modern veneer, which coupled with the age of the mortar and lack of fastening to the rest of the building, caused them to fail. While improved mortar and brick ties have helped to increase the


brick the look and feel

of quality This modern home features Adapt Bricks in colour Emery from Austral Bricks.

80% of houses built using brick since the 1990s experienced little to no visible damage from the earthquake

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when compared to other exterior cladding materials, brick is still the most cost effective

ABOVE Chilling Black from Austral Bricks. BELOW Ohoka Cream from Canterbury Clay Bricks. OPPOSITE LEFT Settlers Collection Bricks in Coach House Red from Austral Bricks. OPPOSITE RIGHT Charleston Rustic Red from Canterbury Clay Bricks.


performance of brick buildings, the single largest factor that makes brick veneer a safe cladding material, is the decrease in width of the brick from 110mm to 70mm and the addition of core holes. Core holes reduce the weight of the veneer, and allow the mortar to seep through the holes and act like a ‘key’ locking the entire veneer together. This ‘locked’ veneer is then fixed to the framing with purposebuilt screw fixed brick ties.” Following the earthquakes, New Zealand Brick Distributors and Canterbury Clay Bricks joined forces to provide homeowners with a detailed research campaign, Think Brick. A project aiming to provide Cantabrians with the information they need to ensure Christchurch’s architectural style and love for bricks wasn’t lost in the rebuild. “The research was intended to illustrate the advancements in building codes and standards when it comes to brick,” shares Thomas, “and highlight that modern brick construction is absolutely safe and extremely versatile.” Richard Thomas from Canterbury Clay Bricks comments that Think Brick wasn’t just about highlighting the technology advances. “The design and look has come a long way since the standard red brick. With over twenty different looks and textures in our range there is a style of brick for every home design, and anything goes” he continues. “Although large cream blocks have been, and continue to be, very popular.” Representing Monier and Austral Bricks, NZ Brick Distributors boast over fifty different brick veneers, and Thomas is quick to agree with Richard when it comes to trends. “Bricks that achieve an Oamaru stone look are always popular, yet Christchurch is the only place in New Zealand where we see an on-going and consistent use of rustic reds.” To ensure our love for rustic, worn bricks


continues throughout our rebuild, NZ Brick Distributors have manufactured a distressed brick designed to replicate the ones we lost. Despite looking old, they will come complete with core holes to ensure we can achieve an “old Christchurch look that is new.” It is not just colour and texture that varies between brick ranges. Measuring 230 mmL x 76H x 70W a standard brick is no longer the only size available. Across their ranges NZ Brick Distributors and Canterbury Clay Bricks are able to offer a variety of sizes including, 1.5 standard blocks, blocks that are double the height

and blocks that have been elongated. Modern brick veneers offer homebuilders a vast array of options, ensuring there is a look for every home design. “Brick can be used anywhere,” shares Richard. “In commercial or residential builds, on single or multi-storey builds. Providing the substrate they are being fixed to is the correct material for the design, then the options are endless.” “There is so much scope for brick,” states Thomas. “Overseas we are seeing bricks used on bold architecturally design buildings, illustrating a modern, sculptural use of bricks.”


As well as their technology advances, brick veneer maintains the properties that set brick apart from the pack originally. “All of the modern ranges are fire resistant, noncombustible, durable, low maintenance and suitable for urban, rural and coastal living,” comments Thomas. “Plus, when compared to other exterior cladding materials, brick is still the most cost effective.” With a variety of colours, textures and sizes to choose from, bricks are a timeless cladding choice that not only has a place within modern architecture, but in the rebuild of our city.



home heating


the heaT IN In Part Two of our home heating special we look at the importance of insulation, uncover the latest in wood fires and dive deeper into central home heating systems Over the past ten years, residential electricity prices in New Zealand have increased by an average 8.4 percent per year. Therefore, heating our homes, and keeping the heat in, is more important than ever. Ian Moody of Pink Batts states, “homes built before 1978 generally don’t have much, if any, insulation. Which means they are cold, damp, inefficient and expensive to run. Many homeowners attempt to fix these problems by putting in heat pumps, dehumidifiers and other devices, instead junE/july 2013

of addressing the fundamental problem; little or no insulation. Insulating your home is the most effective measure you can take to keep your home comfortable year round and to save money on energy bills.” Good quality, well installed insulation helps keep the heat in during winter, making your house easier and cheaper to heat properly, and more comfortable and healthy to live in. Insulation works by slowing heat loss from your house by enclosing it in a sort of thermal envelope.

ABOVE The Bosca Spirit 550 is an ECAN approved wood burner.


Ceiling Insulation Hot air rises and in the average uninsulated home around forty percent of heat is lost through the ceiling. Fortunately, ceiling insulation is relatively easy to install in houses with accessible roof spaces, and is a great place to start making your home warm, comfortable and healthy to live in. Underfloor Insulation If you can access your underfloor area have a look to see if you have got any insulation. If there is no insulation, either between or stapled to the underside of the joists, then you need to get some. Wall Insulation While this is also important, it is a lot more difficult and expensive to install. Peter Freeman from Right House comments “EQC have recently announced they will allow wall insulation to be installed in areas exposed during earthquake repairs. This is an important opportunity for people to make a real difference to their homes during repairs.” TOP Retrofitting Pink Batts into the ceiling of an older home. BELOW A Right House consultant installs Eco Batts into the walls of a new home.

Insulation works by slowing heat loss from your house by enclosing it in a sort of thermal envelope

Correct Installation It is critical that insulation is installed correctly to gain its full benefit.  Avoid creating gaps and spaces, as

they will allow warm air to bypass the insulation and escape. “A two percent gap in your insulation causes a twenty percent heat loss,” shares Peter. “So it is important you are using professional installers who are experienced at checking for gaps.”  Consider the type of insulation you

are going to install – glasswool, wool, polysturene – as each one has different properties. One of the most popular forms is glasswool which is relatively inexpensive, simple to install and has a high R-value.  If you have a few pieces leftover, place

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Bosca Spirit 550

Wood Fires While people living in rural areas have fewer restrictions regarding the installation of real wood-burning fires, those living in cities, especially in Christchurch, have to work with much stricter requirements. Having been ECAN clean air approved for the Canterbury region, Bosca Fires are an option, in most areas, for homeowners seeking a real wood flame solution. Renowned for their quality construction, clean burn, high efficiency ratings and low emission levels, the elegant and smart design brings a distinctly European style to the home. Wood burners and fires are a great and economical option for heating your home, especially if you have access to free or cheap firewood.

RIGHT Having developed the first ever Energy Star rated Central Heating system, Fujitsu are able to offer homeowners an energy efficient, power saving total home package. Distributing heat through discreet ceiling and wall vents, from a hidden heat pump unit, you are able to enjoy even heat throughout the home at thirty percent of the cost per kW of ordinary heaters. junE/july 2013

Central Heating should be designed to achieve the World Health Organisation recommendation that no room drops below 18 degrees Celsius

home heating LEFT Warm water central heating systems use water to distribute heat thoroughly and evenly around the home. This diagram from Central Heating New Zealand illustrates a possible central heating solution, where heat from a heat source in the garage is transferred around the home and distributed through underfloor heating and radiators to heat the house.

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Central Heating Systems – where to start Last issue we touched on the popularity of warm water central heating systems, but how do you ensure you are getting the right system for your house? Because the heating needs of every dwelling are different, experts like those at Central Heating New Zealand can calculate your home's heating needs with heat loss calculations based on: your home's size, the materials used for construction, its orientation, and the number, size and

type of windows and doors. All of these factors affect the heat loss of a home. Central Heating should be designed to achieve the World Health Organisation recommendation that no room drops below 18 degrees Celsius. With a choice of radiators, underfloor heating, or a combination of both, a warm water central heating system can be retrofitted or integrated as part of the design and build of a new home.

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in hot

water We talk to the team at Rinnai and discover they aren’t just about gas fires


home heating


Choosing a new fire isn't just about the heat it produces, how do I know which one will suit my décor? The beauty of gas is the ease and speed of which it heats a room, making it a great low maintenance option for home heating. You get the ambience of a flame without having to chop wood! However, being able to visualise the fire from the showroom to your living room is hard. With our fireplaces you have the ability to showcase your individuality and home décor flair, from designing your own fireplace to using the Rinnai Magic Button Gas Fireplace App – which allows you to see what it will look like in your home before you buy.


As well as gas fires, you have a range of water heating solutions. Are they cost effective? The LPG Rinnai Infinity water heating system is a tankless gas water heater which uses a heat exchanger to heat water, when and as it’s needed. Which in turn helps you

save on your energy bill, around twentyeight percent when compared to an electric storage cylinder. When the water heater senses the demand for water flow, the unit begins heating water as it passes through the heat exchanger. We also have the Rinnai Bathroom Deluxe Controller which allows you to set the amount of water that is being used. The digital controller offers you the ability to set the exact temperature of the hot water at the outlet. This provides a safe bathing solution for young children and eliminates the need to mix hot and cold water, reducing the effect of temperature spiking when another tap in your home is turned on.


Many homeowners like the option of having a water tank, do you have options for these homes? We sure do. The HJ Cooper by Rinnai is available in a full range of sizes from 90L - 300L, ensuring there is a water heating system to suit every home. Whether you simply want to replace your existing low pressure tank, upgrade to mains pressure and experience luxurious showers, reduce your water heating bill by adding on a frost protected solar system, or even enable a wetback system in low or mains pressure with a wood fire, we have it covered. The enamel lined mains pressure cylinders are constructed from the highest quality enamel lined steel and are protected by a high performance anode, providing excellent corrosion protection and durability.


The beauty of gas is the ease and speed of which it heats, making it a great low maintenance option for home heating


What are the benefits of stainless steel mains pressure? Most new builds are mains pressure and a lot of people are upgrading their low pressure to a mains pressure when they need to replace their old cylinder. Benefits include the ability to use a wider range of tapware, stronger shower pressure and equal water pressure throughout the house. Our Duplex Stainless Steel Mains Pressure Cylinders are extremely lightweight, making them easy to transport and install. Plus the 250L and 300L have a twin element option for faster recovery – which means no running out of hot water in the evenings when it’s time to shower and run the kids’ baths, providing great night rate electricity. Coiled options are also available for connection to wetbacks, solar or boiler systems. JUNE/JULY 2013


out and about

love places we

Shop 8 & Rekindle

For Liz Phelan, having returned to Christchurch after a stint overseas, the decision to open a creative space for Cantabrians to mix and mingle was an easy one. Deciding to collaborate with Rekindle Designer and Director, Juliet Arnott was even easier. Filled with Rekindle furniture and assorted wooden creations, the result is a gorgeous café downstairs and an open-plan HQ for Rekindle upstairs. Simply named, Shop Eight, this creative duo can be found nestled down the recently opened New Regent Street. “It has been interesting to see a street open,” shares Juliet, “and it will be exciting to see it continue to unfold.” Despite being only one of a handful on the street, Shop Eight is a bustling little café. “It is a small space where a lot happens,” they share with a smile. “We opened in April,” continues Liz, “and it has been wonderful to see so many people coming into the city to check us out. We are dedicated to Christchurch and delighted we can be part of such an iconic street.” Serving up delicious coffee and Kiwi favourites, such as cheese rolls and scrummy cakes, this is a constantly evolving space that is most definitely worth a visit – and then another, and another and another. |

MintSix Browsing the internet has never been so addictive! Having discovered online store MintSix a month or so ago we have become regular visitors. Offering an eclectic collection of tribal African wall art, quirky porcelain ceramics, up-cycled, antique and reproduced timber furniture pieces, hand-loomed and hand-painted textiles, and playful pop-infused artworks, MintSix is a unique shopping experience that has the added benefit of being open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Dedicated and passionate about design, the MintSix team, sisters Ella Murdoch and Talia O’Connor not only sell a vast range of homeware goodies, but are able to assist and advise you on how to display your favourite pieces in a fresh way in your home. From integrating a delicate silk into your living space, to working out the right sized juju hat for your bedroom wall, or even how to select the perfect coloured macramé, Ella and Talia have unique talent when it comes to interiors, and are well worth calling upon. JUNE/JULY 2013


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ABOVE WallArt is available in twenty different designs. Shown here is Ellipses, used as a bedroom feature wall.

You Will Need: WallArt 3D Panels Craft Knife Selleys All Fix Glue Caulking Gun (for the glue) Tiling Spacers Norton Contour Sanding Sponge (220 grit) Resene Waterborne Primer Resene Lustacryl Semi Gloss Paint Brushes Damp Cloth

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groove Our kitchen breakfast bar left a lot to be desired. So when I came across WallArt Wall Decor I was thrilled to have found a solution. With the hardest part of the process deciding which pattern to choose, I was even more pleased that it only took an afternoon to transfrom a previously lack-lustre, two toned wall, into a textural statement. Once I had determined the layout of my panels, I simply applied glue to the flat surfaces on the back of the panel and gently pressed each one to

the wall. For my design to match up correctly it was important the initial panels were positioned as straight as possible. Which, coupled with the use of tiling spacers, meant my end result was crisp rows of squares. For the panels to fit snuggly into the space I did need to cut some of them with a craft knife. This was the most time consuming part of the process and required a firm and steady hand! When the glue was dry, I sealed the surface with Resene Waterborne

Editor, Lucinda Diack adds a touch of texture to her kitchen breakfast bar using WallArt 3D Panels Primer before giving it a light sand and finishing it with a semi gloss paint. To fit with the rest of our living room we painted the panels the same colour as our skirting boards and window sills, Resene Sea Fog. With one box of panels covering 3m2 for less than $149, WallArt not only transforms a wall into a textural statement, but is a cost effective way to add a splash of personality to any room in your home. JUNE/JULY 2013


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Reading Corner

Riviera Dreaming

The Hand Stitched Home

Seneca’s 2013 winter bedlinen collection draws on the Riviera’s mix of history, luxury, elegance and artistry.

By Zoob Caroline, published by the Penguin Group. RRP $45

Featuring projects and inspiration for creating embroidered textiles for the home, this lovely book includes patterns for quilts, decorative panels, laundry bags and more. The perfect accessory for the creative soul in your home.

wants & must haves Stylish and inspiring finds for brightening up winter

Tribal Statements The Caker By Jodan Rondel, published by Random House. RRP $36.99

Designed with flair and photographed with imagination this is a far cry from an ordinary baking book. Showcasing 50 outstanding recipes for delicious cakes, cookies and cupcakes from Auckland's The Caker, there is something in here to satisfy every sweet tooth.

These impressive wall hangings are made with wild bird feathers from Central West Africa. The MintSix Juju hat is a Cameroonian symbol of prosperity and is available in a variety of colours from

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the natural beauty of beech

Lindsay & Dixon is New Zealand’s premier supplier of maple beech timber and veneer and has an enviable reputation amongst leading architects, interior designers and craftsmen around the world, for quality supply and exceptional performance.

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Certified NZ woodproducts, the green solution to the red zone

The mission of the Rainforest Alliance is to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that depend on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.


No Green Thumb? Ecobubbles are the latest thing in indoor plant decorating. The blown glass terrariums contain living Air Plants, which absorb water and nutrients from the air without needing soil. All they need is the occasional water.

Lighting Innovation Made with hand turned logs and artisan blown glass, the Pil pendant lamp marries oldschool craftsmanship with cutting-edge LED lighting technology to produce an innovative and sustainable solution to pendant lighting.

kiwi treasures

We celebrate local talent with our favourite homeware items from Kiwi designers

bold cushions with animal instinct by Evie Kemp

Collaborative Kiwis A collaboration between two iconic kiwi names has resulted in a furniture and homeware range that is hard to go past; Douglas & Bec for Kate Sylvester. Above is the Hand Turned Lamp and Canvas Weave Chair.

Kiwiana Garden Art We can’t go past these unique pieces, plasma cut from old saws, by Jane and Mario Downes. 

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the last word

A New Gateway to Lyttelton Designer Darren O’Neil asks us to think beyond function and practicality to ensure we are rebuilding a city we can be proud of Lyttelton has long been a creative community – bursting with cafés, vibrant shops and interesting personalities. So with this in mind I would like to pose the question, why has such a design been approved as the replacement for Peter Beaven’s visionary category-1 heritage building, located at the gateway to this vibrant community. I am the first to admit that I haven’t always been a fan of some of Peter Beaven’s work, and he has criticised me in the past, however since the loss of so many buildings in Christchurch I have discovered a new found respect for what once was. As we start to see what will be replacing some of our heritage and iconic structures, I have developed a deeper, and much greater, respect for not only Beaven, but also his buildings. He was a true Christchurch architect. So why then are we replacing a heritage building with one that follows a well-worn design recipe and ignites notions of mediocrity? Built in 1964, Beaven’s Lyttelton Administration Tunnel Building was organic, inspirational and iconic. It was commissioned by the Christchurch Lyttelton Road Tunnel Authority to be a grand, impressive building which would reflect the status of its location at the Christchurch end of the Bridle Path. It was to be a monumental landmark, paying homage to its location as the prime point of entry to Canterbury. At the time of its construction, Beaven’s building was functional and suitable for

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its purpose; yet architecturally forward, ensuring it offered more to the people of Christchurch, and those passing it every day, than simply being a service building. Designed by Wellington firm Architecture Lab (who are good architects by the way), its replacement is to be built closer to the tunnel, in an area less prone to rockfall, and has been designed simply to serve its purpose as a facility to manage the operation and maintenance of the Lyttelton Tunnel. Which is perhaps a valid approach – why even try to replace what was. Is this the rational for the new building? Commissioned by the New Zealand Land Transport Authority, there will be those who argue this new building is meeting its need and will fall within an outlined budget. But does a budget mean a limit on design and creativity? No, a budget simply means the designer is challenged by parameters. Budget does not equal boring. The functionality of this soon to be constructed building has replaced a structure which not only told a story and referenced our history, but offered an interesting gateway to a community. Our new Administration Tunnel Building has been completed without consideration of its location, and without consideration of Christchurch. Which in my humble opinion is a lost opportunity. Darren O’Neil is a director of O’Neil Architecture |

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