WallE

Awards

2022

  • Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Nelson Marlborough Award; Commercial


Publications

2022

  • “Winners: 2022 NZIA Nelson & Marlborough Architecture Awards”, Architecture Now, www.architecturenow.co.nz, 29.7.2022

  • “See all the Shortlisted Projects for 2022”, Architecture Now, www. architecturenow.co.nz, 13.4.2022

  • “Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards 200 shortlist announced”, Architecture Now, www.architecturenow.nz, 6.4.2022

  • ‘Life in a Verandah’, Architecture NZ, March/April 2022, pg 26


We like trees. In designing a space for our practice, we look to trees for moderation. Our office shelters behind a tree, we gather its light. We sit back further, behind a breathing jungle perimeter And open outwards as verandah.

We collaborate inwards around a shared table This is how we work and how we found 1.5 : 0.5 : 1.0 1.5 floors of concrete to establish a road frontage 0.5 verandah. Us. 1.0 timber with fire rating and maintenance setbacks.

This small side setback safeguards our future. It’s a skylight, a gap in the canopy, a rain opening. For as neighbours build around us our sunshades remove, The perimeter breathes and grows upwards. The moderation adjusts. Our footprint remains.

Fumihiko Maki describes cities as forests for they remain incomplete. Durganand Balsavaar teaches you don’t plant a jungle, you plant a seed. This is what we call Soft Architecture. We maintain space that anticipates change, enables us to refinish and participate. We like forests. We like jungles.

We work in one. We call it Wall É.

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