Urba Apartments, Auckland

Currently under construction, Urba Residences are one of the most awaited developments to be brought to the City of Auckland, located only 3 minutes from Ponsonby Road. Beautifully designed by award winning architects, Leuschke Group Ltd to meticulous detail for the owner occupier.

A 10 storey high rise with 143 apartments, which are predominantly 55m2 with 8 ‘sky terraces’ at the top of the building that are two bedrooms and 70m2.

Most apartments offer stunning views overlooking Auckland’s enchanting skyline and the development also has a spacious courtyard, gymnasium and large heated swimming pool for the residents.

With a big emphasis on sustainability, our Timber Consultants worked in conjunction with our local Approved Reseller to come up with a solution out of our Kingfisher SG8 range for a specific structural application in the high rise building.

See more http://urba.co.nz/

Architects http://www.leuschke.co.nz/

Castle Rock Beach Bach

This amazing beach house at Whangarei Heads used Kingfisher SG8 products as a very important design component. Highly visual, structural members on both the interior and exterior. Featured in September 2014 issue of the Home Magazine.

A ‘Home of the Year’ Finalist, designed by Herbst Architects demanded hand picked grades and custom sizes that were installed by construction firm, Lindesay Construction. The 100m2 build including decks is a masterpiece and ulitmate showcase of the capabilities of the Kingfisher SG8 Range. For exterior timbers, H3.2 Copper Quat (CQ) treatment was chosen for its environmentally friendly properties. In the words of architect Lance Herbst ‘We play with whats inside and whats outside to create a different experience to the city with the strong engagement with nature.”

“Here at Castle Rock Herbst Architects were asked to design a holiday home for a family of four from Auckland. The site, as you can see from the photographs on, was gorgeous, but came with a number of challenges. The building platform on top of the ridge was already prescribed by the rules of the subdivision, and was exposed to wind from every direction. The views out to sea and to the Whangarei Heads were to the south, but the views north to the top of Castle Rock were, in their own ways, just as worthy of contemplation.

The home has a fabulous openness: it feels at times as if it is little more than a series of casual shelters on the way to the beach. In reality, the entry level of the home is made up of two decks and two rooms, each of them with an array of doors, shutters and screens that offer a variety of configurations between openness and closure. The entry deck faces north to the view of Castle Rock, and is therefore perfect for sheltering from southerly breezes. Like most of the doors on this level, the slider separating this deck from the kitchen disappears into a wall; so does the door on the other side of the kitchen, which connects to another deck with a fireplace and a view of the ocean. The idea is that there will always be a covered outdoor space to hang out in, but if the weather is truly terrible, access to both these decks can be closed off, and the owners can move easily between the kitchen and the snug living area, with its deep built-in seats and corner window overlooking the trees beside the beach…..”

See more photos Read the full article on Home Magazine website

The Tuhoe Building

Te Wharehou o Tūhoe, the new Tūhoe headquarters in Taneatua, near Whakatane, has been designed to have no environmental impact, be integrated into its surrounding landscape and to give back to the world around it.

One of New Zealand’s most advanced sustainable buildings, Te Uru Taumatua (The Tuhoe Building) used specialised Kingfisher SG8™ products with our new CQ H3.2 treatment which is chrome and arsenic free.

This is an innovative new treatment system that is free of chrome andarsenic and offers superior durability to other dry treatment processes. Chosen for its structural properties, visual appearance and sustainability the Kingfisher SG8™ is proving to be a top performer in its field.

This extraordinary project for the Tuhoe iwi’s new $15 million headquarters near Whakatane, was built to comply with Living Building Institutes ‘Living Building’ stringent criteria. A restorative building, the headquarters will not only reduce its impact on its local surroundings, it will actually give back. Requiring a building that is triple net zero (water, waste and energy), and whose built elements adhere to strict toxicity parameters, the Living Building Challenge is formidable.

The custom produced Kingfisher SG8™ were installed as part of the solar panel structure that covers the entire roof generating enough power to sell the excess to the grid.

Tūhoe Chairman Tamati Kruger said the decision to build the iwi’s new headquarters to such tough environmental standards reflects the environmental values of the Tūhoe people. “Though the cost may be higher initially, over the years the building will more than pay for itself. We hope it’s something that all the people of the Whakatane district will be proud of and will use as their own.”

‘This building is a lighthouse in a world awash with climate change and social inequality, it shows the way to a different future, where we value people and a healthy environment which supports life and the economy, not one at the expense of the other” says Jerome Partington, Jasmax Architects.

Please click here for more Kingfisher SG8™ detail or enquire today.

See more http://www.jasmax.com/news/tuhoe-building-opens/

http://www.ngaituhoe.iwi.nz/sustainability-and-the-living-building-challenge

See video http://www.jasmax.com/news/video-new-tuhoe-trailer/

Kura Kaupapa school in Kaitaia

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Pukemiro, Kaitaia

An innovative and sustainable design and build of a Kura Kaupapa Maori school in Kaitaia catering for 180 students in  years 1 – 13. The kura has 4 main teaching spaces each with 2 break-out spaces plus shared wet area break-outs grouped around a central courtyard. The courtyard also serves as the formal entry across the atea which leads to the front of the Wharenui (hall). Connected teaching spaces include spaces for library facilities and teaching of science & technology. The kura itself also includes a commercial kitchen, gymnasium, a whare-kai as well as administration and staff areas.

The kura was completed in March 2013 and received a Property Council Award of Excellence. It as also built to a five-star built rating against the Green Star NZ Education Building Rating Tool.

ATS Timber became involved working closely with our Approved Reseller to provide a range of FSC Certified Kingfisher SG8 H3.2CQ Dry timbers for this project.

See more http://www.brewerdavidson.co.nz/our-work/education/pukemiro/

http://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/2013-NZIOB-awards/