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Significant feat of engineering




CPB Contractors has now installed a quarter of the 43,000 herringbone tiles that will make up the design and Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive John Bridgman says achieving this iconic look has been a significant feat of architecture and engineering.

“Each of the fibre cement tiles is placed individually on a panel in a layout that creates the look of a braided Canterbury river.

But colour is only one part of the equation, with a complex curved steel structure to support the 1604 panels required to deliver the full effect,” he says.

“This prime central city location was chosen for Te Pae Christchurch because it’s on the doorstep of some of the best dining, shopping and accommodation Christchurch has to offer. It also ensured we did all we could to deliver a facility befitting this prominent riverside site and the significant buildings surrounding it.”

Woods Bagot Principal and design leader Bruno Mendes says seeing Te Pae Christchurch come alive makes it worth all the effort.

“The design is for a fluid and undulating facade that responds to the cultural narrative of the local iwi and the Avon River flowing through the city.”

Advising on Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values and narratives, the Matapopore Charitable Trust was fully embedded in the design process, which Mendes said refined and reinforced the ‘braided rivers’ concept which started as an early idea.

“Principles of the unique Canterbury landscape are captured in the materiality. There are five varied tones of grey and different surface textures in the facade composition,” Bruno said.
“The panel colours build on the interplay of shades and the characteristics of a ‘living surface’.”

Matapopore Chairperson, Aroha Reriti-Crofts, says the concept for the facade is aligned with ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea).

“The term relates to the the movement of water through the landscape and the numerous interactions it may have on its journey.

Ki uta ki tai recognises the interconnected nature of people, land and water.

This concept also has a strong connection with both mahinga kai and whakapapa, which are two of the kaupapa that are being embedded into the Anchor Projects.”

The facade cladding is in fibre cement tiles, which are produced using mineral base materials.

The tiles will last for more than 50 years and are fully recyclable. Fibre cement production has 90 percent less greenhouse potential than aluminium sheeting.


New Central City Asset

New Central City Asset

Waka tours on the Avon River are set to become a new central city attraction with Ōtākaro Limited divesting the site at 794 Colombo Street to Ko Tāne, for the development of a $3.5m riverside cultural centre.


New Central City Asset


Ōtākaro Chief Executive John Bridgman says it’s an ideal site for the Ko Tāne venture given how close it is to known visitor destinations like the City Promenade, Te Pae, Victoria Square and the Town Hall.
“The City Promenade has proved a hit since we opened it in November but it’s the private developments like this that sit alongside it, that will make it a true asset for Christchurch.”

Ko Tāne has been providing interactive wildlife and Māori cultural experiences to local and international visitors for the past 13 years at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Ko Tāne Director, David Brennan, says the design of the 250m2 Puari Village is inspired by a voyaging waka and will feature exhibitions, art and contemporary Māori cuisine, and be the base for city and waka tours.

Fellow Ko Tāne Director, Mark Willis, says work on Puari Village will start around the middle of 2019 with the aim of opening it late in 2020. “With new spaces opening all the time and Te Pae and the Town Hall on the horizon, it’s a great time to be bringing the Ko Tāne experience into the central city. “We can’t wait to get our paddles in the water.”