Could we make a critical shift in our design approach by combining lightweight structures with sustainable materials and 3D BIM digital direct to manufacture prefabrication?
Following the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010/11 a committed parent community group initiated this project to replace their destroyed kindergarten. The client Kidsfirst Kindergartens became involved and commissioned a new generation building for 30 children to embrace 21st century learning and low impact environmentally sustainable design.
The project is conceived as an extension of the wetland river eco-system by re-establishing native plant species such as harakeke (flax), raupo, cabbage tree, toitoi, kowhai, mosses, ferns and lichens growing on rooftop, courtyard and walls of the buildings to improve the garden city habitat.
Thames is the regional capital for the Coromandel Peninsula sitting between the three fastest growing cities in New Zealand: Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. Yet time has passed Thames by, it has become a place to pass through, rather than go to. While charming this is far from ideal with tough 21st century challenges ahead. The Thames+ urban strategy is structured into 3 bold new layers for transformation; the Green Strip, Weave of Movements, and Network of Catalysts, to extend, diversify and intensify Thames’ existing qualities and strengths. The strategy mixes new with old, living with shopping, learning with commercial and public facilities to provide a safe and lively Town Centre which prioritizes healthy walking and cycling. Equally critical is that this mix enables an integrated, sustainable and synergetic Town Centre to build a strong local economy together with robust growth of the visitor economy. To achieve all of this has not been easy and required indepth citizen and stakeholder engagement to inform tough strategic choices to optimize value and broad ranging benefits within tight resources. The focus has been on highly economic initiatives based on realistic, realizable projects. The key to optimization has been a synergetic approach which enabled us to achieve more with less. This idea led to Thames“+” our symbol for synergetic added value. By combining previously separate uses into new hybrids that are economically viable to bring significant value to the community, commercial activity and visitor offerings within tight budgets.
Within the new Christchurch Plan as a response to the earthquakes of 2010 & 2011, CMA+U were commissioned to assist the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment in the preparation of an overarching Strategic Framework Plan to guide future development in the Christchurch Innovation Precinct within the new Christchurch Plan.
CMA+U was commissioned to explore Strategic Urban Directions for Fishermans Bend with major stakeholders in interactive gaming workshops to assist Places Victoria in the preparation of an overarching Strategic Framework Plan to guide future development in the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) as a major expansion and intensification of the inner city.
Afghanistan is confronted with a huge challenge to rebuild a peacetime economy. The realisation of the New National Museum is an important part of achieving this incredibly difficult task.
Europe is changing economically and environmentally, its role is being rapidly redefined as one of many global players. Equally the planet’s eco-system is changing with global warming happening faster than many realize.
The new work-learn campus for International innovation companies offers a unique opportunity to bring together the previously separate facilities and multi-disciplinary expertise into a flexible “integrated campus” combining the full resources of the research and educational facilities with office and production capabilities to generate a synergetic innovation environment.
The site presents a paradox: in an area defined by intense flows of vehicles, the aim is to achieve a pedestrian realm of relaxed family activity and calm public spaces away from traffic noise and pollution.
Fusionpolis ICT Media Park provides an exceptional environment within the ‘one-north’ Media, ICT and Life-Science cluster which is establishing Singapore as a cutting edge international node for a new generation of 21st century organizations.
Networks of characteristic courts, streets and parks provide a high quality infrastructure of urban spaces delivering ‘services’ to the city at many scales.
Our design concept utilizes the complex integrated pieces of Tbilisi’s urban fabric to bring architecture, landscape, engineering and urban form together in an integrated fusion.
A consistent urban form of five storey buildings is centred around courtyards and squares to maximize shelter from the wind and exposure to the sun while ensuring good quality high density low energy building technology.
Invited competition: First prize. As the first and only offshore campus, the HKUST Graduate School is strongly committed to the internationalisation of its education and students experience.
Oslo’s Fjord City project is planned to be one of the most exciting waterfront developments in Europe.
Click-Learn modules enable adaptable customisation to the specifics of climate and site. The CNC fabricated timber system can be combined with prefab concrete or steel base structures as required and flat-pack delivered for rapid onsite assembly.
Invited competition: Runner up. The purchase of the Rijksadministratief Centrum (RAC) by the RAC Investment Corporation has triggered the opportunity to investigate new uses for this now out of date modernist admintration complex.
Click-Raft Type 03 is specifically developed to provide flexible, low cost, rapid assembly structures for business, retail or educational/training use.
The time is right for radical low impact habitation, for super inexpensive, accessible live/work devices that are in-tune with our fragile planet.
The aim of the competition is to develop an exemplary housing development which can change design and construction practice while at the same time responding to contemporary aspirations about ‘home and desirability’.
One-north is to be developed over the next 20 years as a major catalyst to reposition Singapore’s role in South east Asia for the 21st century.
This research project investigates how a ‘Parallel Ecology’ of high buildings could co-exist without destroying the existing qualities and liveliness of the slowly evolved historical city.
The Local Strategic Partnership has commissioned a team of consultants to develop a new vision for Oldham Borough.
The final proposal for the development plan in late 2002 was a scheme that explored the importance of public space for Nieuw-Vennep in terms of creating a real centre.
A new tram route is being developed that will connect the centre of the city of Groningen through a residential area to one of Europe’s foremost IT centres at the Science University.
The task was to transform a post war housing area with poorly defined public spaces into an active urban setting. The total project combines 211 housing units of mixed tenure, with additional social infrastructure necessary to intensify this part of the East London borough of Tower Hamlets.
The school of the future will be urban and well positioned to engage at multiple levels at both the scale of the city and the scale of its immediate context.
Commissioned in 2002 by the Regional Educational Centre of Amsterdam and developers Het Oosten to research and create a concept model for a 30,000 m2 multi-functional complex, what has since then been named a ‘community college’.
The map superimposed the spatial parameters that warrant attention: safety zones, ground pollution, air pollution and sound. Surprising is that 66% of Amsterdam lied within this, ‘waste space’.
A new town centre has been constructed in Eschmarke, a small satellite town on the outskirts of Enschede. Our project occupies a prominent and highly visible location at the intersection of two busy streets.
51 houses form the second phase of a 250 unit residential development on the edge of the Central Business District in Auckland. This development is a benchmark project in Auckland.
The competition site in Grenoble does not only represent a new challenge in the practice of urbanism in France, but also Europe as a whole: re-thinking the development of the city through new forms of intensification and change.
Invited competition: First prize, commission. The project forms the first phase of a large Vinex urban plan for 700 new dwellings that will be constructed on the edge of the existing village over the next 5 years.
The initial commission was to research and develop an urban plan for the Circus, Bodem and Gasfabriek (CiBoGa) terrain. A separate architectural commission followed to design two mixed use city blocks within the overall urban plan.
The building forms the last installment in the elegant, urban crescent around Jyväskylä’s Church Park. It is also part of a series of civic structures that will reinforce Church Park as a centre for cultural activities.
Our project offers an alternative solution in the form of an infrastructural strategy that responds to growth, acting as a multi-spined organ, feeding and linking the museum into a pastoral complex,
Too often bright minds deeply buried within their work domain have limited contact beyond this. For this reason the nature of this building has been developed to encourage interaction in a wide range of ‘between’ spaces.
The glowing red beacon attracts visitors to experience a journey upwards to the sky lookout through interactive exhibits, before diving down to “the deep” via an underwater tube walk through the aquarium tanks below.
The plan is set out on an economic 3.0m module for pre-fab construction. The aim being to reduce time on-site and raise quality of components.
The section in contrast to the plan is not rectilinear, informed by the profile of ancient stone ventifacts shaped by the wind.
The challenge at Yeosu was to design a unique Off Shore World Expo facility focused on a vision for technologies and capabilities for a newly emerging Ocean based Economy.
The design concept is based on four components. Two identical blocks sharing a central core; a structural grid which facilitates diverse uses of office, retail and carpark; a protected inner court; an elegant second skin. Together these components provide a high quality, yet calm and flexible building on the main arterial route to provide high profile A1 office and retail facilities at a highly competitive construction cost.