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Stunning sustainable design: Weir Architecture


Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the former eight-storey Latimer Apartments has overcome its troubled earthquake past to re-emerge as Canopy Apartments – a fabulous complex comprising 40 individual apartments overlooking Latimer Square and its century-old trees.

 

 

With options of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and four two-storey penthouse apartments, this is the ultimate in niche inner-city nesting.

Purchased in 2015, the brief given to Weir Architecture was to entirely modernize and reinvigorate the 21-year-old building.

The work entailed reinstating the previously demolished rear section of the building, enclosing the south-facing open external breezeway, incorporating a second high-speed lift, and creating a warm, welcoming covered entry and reception area.

The remainder of the building was meticulously re-planned and reconfigured, floor by floor, to maximise the efficiencies of the limited spaces available.

Superior fittings, materials and finishes were specified throughout kitchens, bathrooms and ensuites, while new double glazing and higher levels of insulation enhanced the building’s thermal envelope.

The building is owned by Mark Lanyon and Shane Le Compte of Lanyon & Le Compte Construction.

The pair have completed a number of landmark projects around Christchurch, including the post-quake remediation of an “as is, where is” office building which became the city’s tallest hotel, the Crowne Plaza.

Weir Architecture are founding members of the New Zealand Green Building Council.

Imperative to its ethos is to find alternative, innovative ways to repurpose buildings that would otherwise become landfill.

Canopy Apartments is a triumph in sustainable design and construction; it’s a building Christchurch can be proud of.


 

The heart of Hanmer: Clear Ridge Apartments


Situated right on our doorstep, Hanmer Springs is known as New Zealand’s Alpine Spa Village, attracting adrenalin-lovers from at home and across the globe.

 

 

Each apartment at Clear Ridge Apartments is self-contained and appointed to high standards, with restaurants and cafés nearby, and the golf course is just across the road.

Whether you’re flying solo, travelling as a couple or family, Clear Ridge Apartments has the suite to suit. Each apartment (either one or two bedrooms) is fully self-contained. Eat in or out with restaurants and cafés only a minute or two away.

Some apartments have spas and there’s an outdoor heated pool and spa as well, as well as lift access to first and second levels for convenience.

If you’re travelling for work, they also have a boardroom and the team can arrange catering and meeting support.

 

Situated on Jacks Pass Road, the apartments are just a two-minute walk from the thermal pools and village centre.

So, whether you’re into action and adventure sports, or enjoy relaxing, this is the perfect holiday destination for that much-needed break away.

There are always plenty of events on the go and a highlight in November is the popular Hanmer Springs Fête on Friday 1 November, walking distance from the apartments.

Experienced hosts Rosie and Steve McFarlane say accommodation is booking up fast for the fête weekend and summer months, but they look forward to discussing travel options with you today, so phone 03 315 5144 or visit www.clearridge.co.nz.