Monthly Archives: November 2015

Does anyone have $20,000,000?

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We invited legendary Architect, Prof. Will Alsop OBE RA to deliver lectures in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, and Sydney. He did, and it was exceptional.

Will introduced his extraordinary body of work to date plus touched on a few of his current projects, one of which is larger than Palmerston North!

Will is humble. Accolades and eccentric geometry aside, Will is perhaps most proud of the positive impact his projects have on people and the communities in which they live and work, evidenced by measurable metrics like increased tourism, citizen pride, building visitor numbers, etc.

New Zealand could do with an Alsop building or two, right?

If you agree can you please think of a way to get Will a commission in NZ. Realistically it’ll be a minimum $20M project, probably in partnership with a local practice. Let me know if you have a suitable project and I’ll put you in touch with Will.

If you missed the lecture you can watch the Auckland lecture here.
Special thanks and notable mentions to:
  • GIB and Resene for sponsoring the lecture tour.
  • Barnaby, Jessica, and Ceciel at Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making for the tour of Christchurch
  • Guy, James, and Vanessa from the Wellington NZIA local chapter for helping to organise the Wellington lecture and providing the hospitality.
  • Phil for the tour of Ath’s house and offices.
  • Jean, Susan, and Ludo from Auckland Conversations / Auckland Council for organising the Auckland lecture, venue, hospitality, etc.
  • Echo and team from Studio One Toi Tū for hosting the Auckland workshop
  • Nat from Cheshire Architects for organising the Britomart tour.
  • Simon and team from RDT Pacific for hosting the Auckland post-lecture feast.

State of the Art


Chris here with a brief roundup of some interesting projects that have been making waves in the industry recently. First up, the mysterious Flux (a BIM startup funded in part by Google) have come out of hiding and revealed a suite of tools for architectural collaboration. From the looks of it, these tools are designed to allow communication between Revit, Excel, Grasshopper and Dynamo, along with an online workspace for handling data and 3D modelling. Definitely worth signing up the beta and checking it out!

If you want some further information on how people are using Flux, Nathan Miller of the Proving Ground (previously of CASE) has partnered with them to produce a series of tutorials on how to get started with the toolset.

Both Flux and Google have  also involved in funding the recently revealed Quartz project, an open source library of building materials. This library aims to put up full profiles of common building materials, covering everything from molecular makeup to health and environmental impact. It’s really positive to see information like this freely available and hopefully it will serve as the benchmark for data sharing in the construction industry.

Speaking of open source data, the educational Dynamo Primer for Revit has gone open source, so you can expect regular updates to the website as more people get their heads around complex modelling techniques in the program. It’s a fantastic resource and if you or anyone you know wants to learn Dynamo (or any node-based 3D modelling tool), the primer is a fantastic place to start.

As a perfect example of the possibilities allowed by complex 3D modelling tools, theverymany, previously known for their beautiful and complex sculptures and installations, have produced their second permanent outdoor structure. It’s exciting to see the studio working with more permanent materials and challenging conditions, and I’m eager to see what they do next.

On the other end of the spectrum, a team of researchers from MIT have unveiled a towering stone aggregate sculpture held together entirely by string laid out by a CNC machine. I’d love to see this research pushed further, as carbon-free concrete seems like the natural end-point of this technology.

It’s an exciting time for architecture, and new projects seem to be coming online at an increasingly rapid pace. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry, follow us on twitter at @Productspec!


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PVC Coated Kiwimesh for exposed Bluff-based fishery


Company: Paul Industries

When extreme winds forced work on the roof of the Ngai Tahu Seafood processing plant to an unplanned halt, the team at Calder Stewart were pleased they used highly durable PVC Coated Kiwimesh by Paul Industries. Knowing that the coastal site in Bluff posed huge challenges in terms of corrosion and wind, the roofing team made sure they left nothing to chance – a decision that has already paid off.

“You’d be hard pressed to find a site more exposed to corrosive salt-laden winds than this one” commented Ben Lloyd, GM Sales & Marketing for Paul Industries. “It needed a Roof Safe Mesh that would stand up to anything that the coastal winds could throw at it and PVC Coated Kiwimesh fitted the bill perfectly”.

PVC Coated Kiwimesh delivers enhanced resistance against corrosion as the 2.0mm diameter galvanised wire is coated and baked with a white PVC coating. This makes it ideal for use in coastal areas, in factories that use corrosive chemicals or in intensive animal farming. The white coating also blends well with white-faced foil and roofing underlay providing a more integrated look.

Paul Industries also supplies two locally manufactured Kiwimesh variants:

Kiwimesh Premium can be ordered in custom lengths, with just a five day lead time. “The custom length service is hugely popular amongst roofers” explained Lloyd.

The rolls are manufactured to exactly the right length for each job so they can simply be rolled out and fixed in place. It saves time and avoids waste, and with only a five day lead time can be easily accommodated in most building schedules.

“We’re also finding that more and more people like the idea of buying Kiwi-made” commented Lloyd.

For more on Paul Industries’ products call 0800 330-320 or visit



Homeowners add value to property through a reclad using a range of James Hardie claddings


Company: James Hardie

Project Overview

The owners of this two-storey, five bedroom lifestyle property in Pinehill, a suburb of rapidly growing Albany on the North Shore of Auckland, wanted to lift the value of their home through a reclad. Built in the early 2000s, the property was in need of a makeover and updated look.

The Solution

Using a range of James Hardie claddings, including Stria Cladding, Linea Weatherboard, and Axon Panel, the owners have achieved a long-term robust solution that is modern and well-suited to the home’s seaside location. The Axon Panel is painted in brown, contrasting beautifully with the duck egg Linea Weatherboard and crispy butter white Stria Cladding, to create a cape-cod style feature wall.

Owner, Jenny Lim, says the selection of cladding products was not based on aesthetics alone. It was a practical choice, too. “The products are easy to work with and practically maintenance-free, providing peace of mind performance.”

James Hardie claddings are all manufactured from fibre cement and are resistant to fire, damage from moisture, and when installed as directed, resistant to rotting and warping – ideal for New Zealand’s harsh weather conditions.

“My husband and I are aware of the benefits of James Hardie cladding through our building company, Namu Construction. We use James Hardie products on all our home recladding projects, so it was a natural choice for our own home, too.”

The reclad took two months to complete and Lim says it has added approximately $500K to the value of the property.

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Project Details

  • Location: Pinehill, Albany, Auckland
  • Size: 330 sq m
  • Project Type: Residential re-clad
  • Builder: Namu Construction

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Company: ARIDON®


Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed as an alternative to stone, masonry and concrete construction. Couple this with the ARIDON® SMART wall system on the outside and you can achieve a strong, highly energy-efficient, condensation free, wall system. Most importantly the ARIDON® SMART WALL system keeps the CLT warm and dry both during construction as well as for the life of the build.

In Germany – external continuous insulation has been the traditional solution for insulating buildings since the first energy performance regulations were introduced in 1977. In the USA more buildings are constructed each year using continuous insulation than our entire housing stock in NZ. A recent Green Building advisor article summed up the benefits perfectly: “exterior insulation keeps wood warm, keeps wood dry, reduces condensation potential, reduces thermal bridging, reduces energy losses – but most importantly increases durability.”

A recent multi-unit build in Christchurch (architecturally designed by AWArchitects), specified the two systems together. This combines the complimentary benefits of both the systems approach to building, in addition to the functional benefits of the two products.

ARIDON’s unique (and IP protected) interlocking, self-sealing joints & in-built drainage cavity acts as a moisture barrier, ensuring water that does penetrate the cladding will not infiltrate the wall framing cavity  – reducing material degradation and extending the service life of the building. Alternative exterior foam boards may provide the insulation performance, initially however, a number of these systems cannot be exposed to water/rain, as they degrade and are reliant on tapes to join the sheets- reducing thermal and weather protection. Always ask your supplier about the long term insulation performance and durability when specifying insulation.


ARIDON® SMART WALL is the high performance building envelope for timber, steel, masonry and CLT structures. Suitable for residential or commercial builds, with no restrictions on cladding type.


Ask ARIDON®| 0800 ARIDON (274 366) | |




Making Life More Liveable

Company: Fairview Systems

Beautifully designed and meticulously built, Fairview Architectural windows and doors turn ordinary spaces into stunning masterpieces.

With a distinctive flat profile, contemporary, clean lines, sophisticated colour choices and premium features, Fairview Architectural delivers a consistent look throughout a building, regardless of the size of your windows and doors.

From simple windows, to impressive open spaces and bespoke architectural designs, Fairview Architectural gives you the flexibility to create spaces that meet your specific tastes. And because they are made to meet the highest quality standards, this range is designed to withstand even the most extreme of New Zealand’s weather conditions.

The range is extensive, with options extending from square, flat and contemporary styles to more substantial ‘boxy’ alternatives for stand-out feature pieces. And with a choice that includes awning and casement windows, bi-fold and hinged doors plus stackers and sliders, the possibilities are endless.

For ideas, advice and further information about our exceptional windows and doors, talk to us or visit us online.

Contact details
09 574 2900