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Urbanfunction

The historic building at 129 High, once home to the BNZ bank and Ace Video, is a landmark in Christchurch’s centre. After the 2011 earthquakes left it severely damaged and unfit for use, the team at Urbanfunction was tasked with breathing new life into this heritage structure. They transformed it into a versatile development that combines two commercial spaces on the ground floor with residential apartments above.

 

ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards Winner

This project, which won the National Award for Residential Alterations and Additions at the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards, masterfully merges the past with the present. Thanks to its harmonious mix of conservation and contemporary design, 129 High is repositioned as a key element of the area.

 

Picking up a second accolade in the ADNZ Awards, Urbanfunction wowed with a residence in Queenstown. Offering stunning views of Lake Wakatipu, this family residence is designed for minimal upkeep while maximising its connection to the natural surroundings. Each room is strategically positioned to offer panoramic views of the lake and mountains.

 

Compact Footprint With a Big Impact

Despite its compact 140m2 footprint, the home is ingeniously arranged to accommodate a dynamic family lifestyle, including hosting international guests and accommodating remote work. The choice of materials—charred larch timber, bare concrete, and grey clay bricks—reflects a preference for an honest, raw aesthetic, longevity, and ecological responsibility.

 

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By: Jamie Quinn

Photos Provided by: Stephen Entwisle- Right Angles Photography

Designer: Urban Function