This project seeks to renovate the Christchurch Arts Centre which was damaged in the recent earthquakes. The Arts Centre is one of the most important heritage sites in Christchurch and for this reason the approach taken aims to respect the historical nature of the site. The Art Center is a collection of buildings ranging from over a century of construction. In keeping with this the team is proposing new buildings that speaks to the architecture of the past and present.
Damage caused by the earthquakes was often most severe where separate structures where joined. Our team is proposing a strategy for historical renovation that would remove the structures joining different buildings, and insert new timber structure to set apart the different buildings, the added benefit would be to minimise damage in future earthquakes.
When studying the site, it became clear to us that the west side of the Arts Centre has what appears to be an unfinished courtyard. Through analysing the evolution of the building site we decided it was possible to complete the courtyard culture by inserting new buildings.
The past programmes gave the Arts Centre its cultural value: local arts and crafts, shops, weekend market, cinema, studios and offices to name a few. The proposed building programs are in keeping with the history of the Arts Centre culture, as it has continually adapted programmatically over time.
Artists in Residence
For my proposed building I am designing an artist in residence programs. The building will provide a place to research, present and produce art work of all kinds. It will also allow individuals to explore their practices within another community; meeting new people, using new materials, experiencing life in a new location. The art residencies emphasize the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange and immersion into another culture and in return will enrich the arts culture in Christchurch.
Our team’s initial research began with an in-depth study into stone – a tradition material used for the Arts Centre and in Christchurch. For my proposed building design I developed an investigation of the stone’s colors and texture.
Qianzi Chen, October 2012
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Cinema & Performance
For my project I am proposing a theatre for performance, dance and film. The cinema and performance proposal targets the local community, at the same time it acknowledges the past programmes and the events that have shaped the City, it also will contribute to revitalising the Arts Centre once it reopens. The facility include: Cinema A and B, both are multi-functional and can be used as a concert hall, a theatre and conference centre; a multi- functional hall which can be used as a ball room or wedding venue. This is a move to bring back Christchurch’s liveliness by bring people together, as well as creating job opportunities.
Our team’s initial research began with an in-depth study into stone – a tradition material used for the Arts Centre and in Christchurch. For my proposed building design I developed an investigation of the three types of dry stacking stone walls which include boulder wall, double wall and Cornish hedge.
Tessa Yichen Song, October 2012
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For my proposed building I am designing new shops and an outdoor market. The buildings will provide spaces for high end shops as well as an outside cloister which creates the infrastructure to allow for stalls to be set up on the weekends and on holidays.
Our team’s initial research began with an in-depth study into stone – a tradition material used for the Arts Centre and in Christchurch. For my proposed building design I developed a formal language from looking at patterns created in stone which led me to looking at formations in sand.
Weian Chen, October 2012
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