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By Christine de FeliCe

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coloured frit has been applied to the external glazing.

A key rebuild project in the Christchurch CBD is While both of the installations are beautiful in their Court and tribunal services and the emergency the impressive-looking Justice & Emergency Services services are all expected to be operational from the own right, they each serve very practical purposes. Precinct on the block bounded by Lichfield, Colombo, precinct later this year, and prior to this, there will be a The cloak façade (kākahu) transforms a functional Tuam and Durham streets. public open day, allowing Cantabrians to have a look building into something very special in the heart of the around the new facilities, the spokesperson says. Designed by Warren and Mahoney in association city. This supports a council urban design requirement with Cox Architecture and Opus Architecture, and with Featured on the precinct’s facade are two significant for the treatment of buildings of this nature in the CBD. Fletcher Construction Company the lead contractor, and visually striking Ngāi Tahu design elements, which The glass frit, as well as enhancing the general this $300 million purpose-built complex is not only a are the work of contemporary artist Lonnie Hutchison appearance of the building, provides a mechanism substantial architectural feature of the central city, it (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Hāmoa). to control internal temperatures from direct sunlight, will also bring a large workforce into the city every day. The first is an eight-metre-high, 36m long aluminium while at the same time providing screened transparency According to a Ministry of Justice spokesperson, it will accommodate 1000 court, tribunal and emergency kākahu façade (traditional feather cloak) that wraps and natural light into the courtrooms. services staff, with a further 1000 people projected to around the first floor of the car park for operational A pounamu touchstone was also unveiled at the vehicles on Tuam St. The kākahu façade design is visit the precinct on a daily basis. Precinct blessing on July 27. The mauri stone sits on a inspired by the endangered kākapo parrot, and the The precinct covers approximately 40,000 sqm anodised metallic cloak represents the striking hues of plinth in the Justice Building atrium. of floor space across five floors and will house the the kākapo’s feathers. It was gifted from Ngāti Waewae, a Ngāi Tahu hapū Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Police, Department based on the West Coast, to the Ngāi Tūāhuriri hapū, The second is a huia feather frit, which has been who have mana whenua over Christchurch city. of Corrections, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John New Zealand, Ministry of Civil Defence and applied to the glazing of five, two-storey window It has been named ‘E Toru Ngā Mea’, after the waiata, Emergency Management, Canterbury Civil Defence bays running the length of the precinct’s Durham and Emergency Management Group, and Christchurch Street frontage. A printed gold frit has been applied to which refers to the three principles of Whakapono, City Council Civil Defence and Emergency the interior glazing, while a more noticeable cream- Tūmanako and Aroha – faith, hope and love.

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