Lene Tranberg – Futuna Lecture Series 2016

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Danish architect Lene Tranberg will be delivering three lectures across New Zealand this March. Lene will talk about her architectural practise, highlighting her recent projects to demonstrate her approach, philosophy and influences.

Lene Tranberg has practiced in Copenhagen working in and managing the practice of Lundgaard and Tranberg formed in 1985. This is a significant and creative practice, which has authored some of the most important cultural projects in Europe. Winner of 5 RIBA European Awards, Danish Business Woman of the Year 2010, Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog and judge in international architectural competitions such as Mies van der Rohe Award (2015) and Stirling Prize Jury (2011). Through her work Lene has accrued significant and worthy international acclaim.

Auckland – 6.30pm Wednesday 16th March
Christchurch – 6.30pm Thursday 17th March
Wellington – 6.30pm Saturday 19th March

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Sir Ath’s Memorial

Sir Ian Athfield’s passing was remembered in January by staff and ex-staff up at the house/office at Amritsar St, Wellington. Through ingenious architectural engineering, the space capsule version of the top of Ath’s tower was manoeuvred into place halfway down the hill. Zac eulogised. We sang songs. It was great.

Ready to Collaborate? The Four Foundations of Hiring an Architect

 

1. Personality. Meet them in person. How well do they communicate? Is there a rapport between you? Do they talk about their ideas in a way you can readily understand? Do they fill you with confidence?

2. Design. Look at their work. But more importantly, visit one of their buildings. Do you like it? Does it make you feel good? Is it well put together? Make sure it is the kind of architecture you connect with.

3. Reputation. Talk to previous clients. Seek recommendations.

4. Process. If they’re not upfront about timeframes, fees and cost, then it’s time to go elsewhere.

Seeking New Projects for 2016

 

Titahi Bay House, Porirua, Wellington  outdoor living space  NZIA Local Award for Architecture  photographer Simon Devitt

Titahi Bay House, Porirua, Wellington outdoor living space NZIA Local Award for Architecture photographer Simon Devitt

Are you considering a new commercial or residential build in 2016? Our studio collaborates with clients who prefer engaging architecture that enriches cultural and physical space and enhances people’s lives.

We have worked on solutions from small baches and cribs to multi-housing and large business projects.

Referrals would be greatly appreciated so please spread the word or contact us directly to discuss your plans.

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United States Speaking Tour

                          New York – Spring Street                                           The High Line

Recently I visited North America on a speaking tour for the university that spanned both coasts and a wide array of architecture. Two of the places I visited on the East Coast couldn’t have been more different – New Hampshire and New York – they perfectly illustrated my lectures on ‘genius loci’ and the meaning and prevailing atmosphere of a place.

New Hampshire Gothic

Architectural Engineering

As Architect in Residence at University of Canterbury, the inaugural delivery of my Masters Course on Integrated Design has now been completed. It was a pleasure to teach a class of highly motivated engineering post-grads.

We were also lucky to have so many professionals involved, giving guest lectures and participating in one of the assignments.

The course is being repeated in the first semester 2016 with enrolments now open.

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Port Levy

Our client’s brief for a secluded rural cottage was simply to be off the grid and sustainable. From this we developed a design with a series of raised platforms, rooms and decks, perched above a wild ungrazed meadow.

The modular structure lends itself to prefabrication, and with the land situated on a large rural block positioned between two ridges on Banks Peninsula, should make for ease of delivery.

With final designs being polished, we’re looking forward to seeing this home built next year.

Taylors Mistake Home

With a concept to support simple and flexible living, the design for this house, perched on a ledge above Taylors Mistake Bay has evolved into a collection of elegant objects. These three vessels are grouped artfully together to create an afternoon courtyard that maximise beach views and sun. Construction will commence in early 2016.