Innovative presentations showcase ideas for the central city

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01 Oct 2014

CPIT’s Architectural Design students have presented innovative concepts for the rebuild one of Christchurch’s prime central city sites.

As part of their course, the second year students were tasked with designing buildings for the triangle space between High St, Manchester St and Tuam St, where C1 and Alice in Videoland are currently located. Groups of six students worked together to create a joint concept for the space, as well as creating plans for buildings on individual sites within the triangle area.

They presented their concepts at CPIT in front of classmates and tutors. Creative ideas for the space included roof-top gardens, a “kick-start theatre”, gyms and “chill spaces” for rebuild workers and an experimental restaurant that would add a new item to the menu every week.

The group consisting of Vicky Huang, Campbell Jones, Ruby Hazard-Williams, Lateisha Hobson and Shawn Hung, had a particularly detailed concept, which involved studying the wind patterns of Christchurch and tailoring the buildings to suit.

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“We wanted to make it an area which people could walk to easily. We took into account the wind and the rain and tried to block these with our building heights,” Hung says. Their concept had remnants of some of Christchurch’s previous popular hospitality spaces, including Sol Square and Poplar Lane. “We wanted to create a community feel to the space with many shared areas where people can meet and discuss ideas. We also had some landmark buildings on the corners of the site to really attract people to the space,” Hung says.

Architectural design tutor Max Capocaccia was highly impressed with the students’ work. “They’ve all done a really good job of working together to create some really innovative spaces. They’ve thought about the wider picture of the Christchurch rebuild and about the people who would use these buildings, not just the individual buildings themselves. I’m pleased they were able to showcase their ideas to a wider audience because they should be celebrated.”