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River Side Homes Cinch Top Honours


erene aquatic outlooks unite the three properties designed by Cymon Allfrey Architects that were honoured with five accolades at the recent regional Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) Resene Architectural Design Awards for Canterbury and Westland. Architect Craig South designed the majestic contemporary twin family homes set on the charming bank of the Wairarapa Stream in Ilam, winning the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Regional Architectural Design Award. Maximising the available footprint, each dwelling boasts voluminous internal living spaces that make the most of the visual connection with the surrounding landscape and burbling stream. As both families focus was firmly on maximising the water outlook, South created two elongated dwellings, each positioned to push their outdoor courtyards towards the stream. Each home consists of plastered half gables rising up toward the centre, encapsulating the softer material palette of the rich natural cedar, which runs through the centre and out towards the stream. Impressed by the finished product the judges concluded that the “two parts constitute this compositional whole. A unifying architectural vocabulary of common elements and details articulate an exemplar of high end urban infill housing.” Meanwhile the other home in the neighbouring suburb of Fendalton that

scooped the Residential New Home over 300sqm Architectural Design Award and received a Highly Commended in the Colour in Design category also benefits from a stunning water view. Inspired by the clients’ penchant for midcentury modernist architecture, especially that of renowned American real estate developer Joseph Eichler, Cymon Allfrey’s Don Roy has used a similar language to create a brand new

home in a tree lined cul-de-sac in Fendalton. Influenced by Eichler’s post-war style, Roy’s design comprised a gentle sloping roof resting on two dark, horizontal cedar board masses. With tranquil views of the adjacent stream, the clients’ brief for their post-quake rebuild was to create a contemporary environment that was light and open, embracing the stream aspect to the north and existing garden to the east.

Located in the same general footprint of the original home, the L-shaped structure wraps around the eastern court and has been oriented to connect the main living areas with a stunning outlook over the river. Roy explains that the home’s living spaces were organised to provide the intimacy of day to day living for two and for larger groups while entertaining. “One particular feature,” Roy says, “is the kitchen space which has been divided into two zones; the functional ‘back kitchen’ and the social ‘front kitchen’,” designed by awardwinning Christchurch interior designer, Davinia Sutton. The judging panel were delighted with the overall result, saying, “This elegant project embraces and showcases a take on our timber tradition. Set between river and road, building and landscape intentions are held in a sensitive balance.” Cymon Allfrey’s handsome concrete modernist home for a retired structural engineer on the banks of the Avon, won the judges over by it’s wonderful interior spaces that created the ideal platform to showcase the owner’s art collection. Celebrating its 50th year, ADNZ CEO, Astrid Andersen, said the awards are a key part of the organisation’s success and are a true reflection of New Zealand design. “Our Canterbury designers produce intriguing and beautiful designs year after year. All the hard work (they) put in is rewarded and the few who reach the top get the recognition they so very much deserve.”

Exterior and interior of Fendalton home by Don Roy of Cymon Allfrey Architects PHOTOS BY STEPHEN GOODENOUGH

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REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE The demand for property in Christchurch remains very strong. In May the number of properties sold in Christchurch City was 717 up from 653 in the same period last year with the median sale price increasing to $455,000 from $422,000. While a lot of sellers like to wait until Spring to sell their property, Winter is still a great time to sell. With fewer properties on the market, buyers tend to be highly motivated generating good competition and great results for our vendors. Interest rates continue to be at an alltime low with some very good long term fixed rates well under 5%. We have our own in house mortgage broker, Kevin Burrowes, to help secure these for you. If you are contemplating a real estate decision, please contact one of our Holmwood team today.

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understanding of this condition could enhance how they teach music, the arts and other subjects. When the study was first launched in 2010 Dr Shepherd focused on talking with synaesthetes about their condition and their experience rather than testing them , which was an important aspect of his study. Initial findings were presented at two conferences in Australia in 2011 and 2013. Both stages of his research won UC Summer Scholarships, the first focusing on interviewing the synaesthetes and

gathering data, and the second working on a website, Synaesthesia Aotearoa, which is currently being updated. While the study explores synaesthesia in its broadest sense, participants were specifically asked to comment on any ways in which their own learning might have been enriched by their synaesthesia, says Dr Shepherd. They were asked if they felt it made them any more or less creative and whether there were any particular ways in which synaesthesia, as they perceive it, might be

used in education, particularly with regard to music and the arts. “Analysis of their responses indicated that having synaesthesia is not a determining factor as to someone’s ability to be creative,” Dr Shepherd explains. “However, it is possible that synaesthetes might use the condition as a positive tool in the teaching of the arts.” “Synaesthesia affects people in very different and usually very inconsistent ways, colour hearing does not automatically come with taste association; combinations are not universal nor are they similar. Synaesthesia can equally be a help or a hindrance – there is no evidence to suggest that it makes you any more or less creative. But knowing somebody with a similar view of the world helps by normalising the condition. Being aware of synaesthesia is important for educators and non-synaesthetes, as well as using colour analogy as part of a dialogue with the students about the way they perceive their world.” Dr Shepherd goes on to explain that this genetic condition is apparent in large numbers of children although they may hide it, and in some cases regard it as an affliction when in actual fact it could be used as a positive tool in the teaching of the arts. Coincidentally, he says that number is similar to the incidence of dyslexia which is a condition that often accompanies synaesthesia. The next stage in Dr Shepherd’s study aims to focus on the effect on young children as this is where the condition is most prevalent.



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From humble beginnings in a Bryndwr church, Reverand Craig Dixon is behind the healthy food social enterprise, Food Together, that brings fresh, seasonal and affordable fruit and veggies to Cantabrians. When and why was Food Together launched? A fruit and veggie co-op has been operating now for 25 years while I was a vicar at the Bryndwr Anglican Parish for seven years. Initially we operated under the Anglican umbrella until a couple of years ago when I formed the Healthy Life Trust that developed the Food Together, which operates as a brand for all our healthy food activities. The vision was to provide fresh, affordable, nutritious food locally using community and church facilities, engaging volunteers to assist. Each packing hub was to be sustainable and independent, while loosely aligning itself as a collective. From humble beginnings Food Together expanded exponentially as a result of the quakes and now supports seven packing hubs, around 30 distribution hubs and has 250 volunteers helping out each week across Canterbury, as well as having branched out to serve other major cities around the country.

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> Meet the locals International musician Mark Menzies returns to the University of Canterbury to give back to a new generation of musicians in his new role as Head of Performance. With such an illustrious international career as a performer, how much of your time is spent performing vs teaching? Almost no week goes by without some performance or other. I don’t take vacations or holidays, and conveniently for someone that works all the time I enjoy performing in the concert seasons in both the northern and southern hemispheres. What do you enjoy most about teaching? You never imagine the extent to which the questions and insights of young minds can bring you what you might be looking for, or they simply inspire you. Also, I teach by employing a healthy dose of collaboration which means I play alongside the students and other colleagues, and even at the incipient stages of their developing careers the energy and inspiration that students can bring to these moments is often a precious contribution to the culture and impossible to gain via any other means. How has UC, and Christchurch as a city, changed since you last studied here? Dramatically so! Visiting Christchurch in the year or so after the ‘major’ quakes I found myself looking for bullet-holes in some of the broken buildings, only because it reminded me so much of the blaring images of certain war-torn parts of the world. Now it feels like a different kind of life in the city, and definitely within the University. It feels

I know I have been extraordinarily blessed with the path my life and career has taken, and the wonderful and ongoing inspiration I am given at seemingly every moment. It’s difficult to pick a particular highlight, but the first time I played at Carnegie Hall is one such unforgettable moment and on stage at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Closer to home a recital with (the late) Maurice Till at UC is a particularly fond one. By then, in a sprightly form of old age, most of the programme was completely new to him. Of course he learned it with impeccable grace and style; his influence on my musical thinking, practice and generosity will never dim, and this recital was a superb moment to remember this by.

Which aspects about this position interested you most? The potential for growth with new artistic ventures and partnerships in a city whose recent tragic experiences have at the same time generated a very obvious climate of opportunity and need for the contributions from artists. With its rich cultural and academic history, along with its inspired relocation of the Performance Music and Classics departments to the Arts Centre, the University of Canterbury has given the local musical and artistic community a unique platform to make a whole lot of noise. If we do What are the greatest differences between it right, we will be seeking to become a major life in Christchurch and Los Angeles? cultural hub within Australasia. The culture in Southern California, centered largely on Los Angeles, is in distinct contrast How will you divide your time between your to the ways things are in Christchurch. In new university position and performing in the 17 years I have lived in Los Angeles I the States? have become very fond of the city, although In order to take up the professorship at the traffic is a nightmare. For a journey that UC, which also involves being Head of should only take 20 minutes takes more like Performance, I have resigned from my two and a half hours with all the traffic jams, position at CalArts; however, a series of regular which can happen day or night and at very professional appointments like playing with unpredictable times. the Formalist Quartet in the US will see me However from a cultural standpoint the shuttle quite regularly between here and the ability to connect with people is inversely ‘left coast’ of the States in the coming years. proportional to the population size. It is much easier to have a friendly conversation Is there a particular period of music you and indeed connect with colleagues in enjoy playing most? the ‘civilized’ dimensions of a city like Though I am most well known for playing Christchurch. By contrast, Los Angeles is a contemporary music, I enjoy listening, behemoth construct that can be a strangely teaching, and playing almost any musical lonely place. style. Each fulfills a different need in my sense of connection with the world and its What kinds of changes do you anticipate expressions: contemporary arts relate to the when the music department moves from the aspirations of what art, music could become, current campus to the new purpose-built rather than celebrating what ‘should be’, which space within the Arts Centre in 2017? is often the way classical music is presented. Being very near the city centre means the public will be able to come to our concerts What has been the highlight of your without having to trek all the way out to Ilam performing career to date? and deal with the elaborate Byzantine parking

International musician, composer and teacher, Mark Menzies, takes on his greatest role yet, as Head of Performance at UC.

and other logistical realities of a large campus. Our building in the Arts Centre is split between the Performance Music and Classics department, where the world-class Loggie Collection will be on display. This symbiotic relationship brings with it the potential for interdisciplinary outputs that promise to be quite unique. Above all, being a resident so close to the city centre grants heft to our assertion that we seek to collaborate with others to help shape the cultural future of Christchurch. What is the greatest piece of advice you have received in your performing career? Only once one is motivated to perform without satisfying an ego (mostly your own), can the music truly flow through you; then performing is absolutely only about you and simultaneously got not one thing to do with who you (think you) are.

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