Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland

Gloucester St Apartments

Christchurch

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Glouscter Street 5
Gloucester side balconies
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Gloucester balconies RH

This prominent and very popular 10-storey apartment building was damaged in the Christchurch earthquake.

Our brief was to design a contemporary exterior façade, which fitted in with the local landscape, for this 90s PoMo building originally designed by Christchurch architects, Alun Wilkie Architects. A new roof, new bathrooms and modern entrance way were also added. 

Working with façade engineers, a terracotta rainscreen tile system and metal panel cladding were used. This new facade is extremely durable, low maintenance and meets the highest fire-safety standards.

The building is one of the only surviving Christchurch high-rise apartment buildings, a credit to the structural design of Craig Lewis of Lewis Bradford Consulting, formerly of Holmes. Housing 29 apartments, many of the original tenants are now confidently returning home.

Read more about this project on our blog.

Photos: Russell Kleyn.

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