Commercial Design Trends Vol. 33/4C

While the quest for large inner city residential towers continues, there’s a realisation that this style of apartment doesn’t suit everyone’s lifestyle. 

In this issue of Commercial Design Trends we look at how developers and architects are creating smaller scale, boutique apartment developments on the city fringes – either building from new or through adaptive re-use of heritage buildings.

New inner city transport hub benefits from advanced roof system

A giant multi-faceted saw tooth roof completes the new Manukau Bus Interchange, with the complex roof geometry easily achieved from a range of Kingspan products Read more

A variety of paints and finishes set off exteriors and interiors at new Palmerston North health centre

From its dramatic entry to art gallery-like atrium and dedicated interior spaces, the Aorangi Specialist Centre benefits from Resene paints and surfaces Read more

New six-storey commercial building designed for pivotal gateway site

A prime inner-city site, eye-catching fritted-glass facade, roomy, versatile floor plates and green credentials make the PwC Centre an elegant pointer to Christchurch's future prosperity Read more

Innovative adaptive re-use of historic warehouse opens the building up to a new lease of life

The reworking of Fremantle's Dalgety Wool Stores into Heirloom apartments not only preserves the heritage building, it brings its character features to the fore Read more

Historic brick building gets a deliberately stark, industrial yet elegant interior refit

Engineering functionality meets designer elegance at Supplyframe DesignLab a hothouse for hardware innovation and prototyping Read more

Terraced townhouses with a distinctive saw-tooth roof maximise use of a narrow inner city site

Presented with a tight, height-restricted infill site, Leuschke Kahn Architects came up with a creative solution for their developer client and the future homeowners Read more

New Christchurch retail complex offers variety of building forms interspersed with laneways and airbridges

An entire inner-city block has been transformed into a new retail mecca for Christchurch however, The Crossing's massive development is on a very human scale Read more

Does the traditional office space lead to more productive and more creative workers?

With some of the world's largest tech companies investing in bricks and mortar, is the physical office still alive and kicking asks Damien Sheehan, Regus Country Head for Australia and New Zealand Read more

Hutt City Council administration building restored on the outside and transformed inside

Great things come from great collaborations the Hutt City Council is in the process of upgrading its Lower Hutt civic heart in partnership with Naylor Love Wellington Read more

Activity based work, office design breaks down communication barriers and stimulates productivity

Sydney property management firm Savills reflects leading edge thinking in work and staff culture in its office fit-out by Futurespace Read more

Rough brick facade fronts an innovative apartment building with a communal courtyard at its heart

In an historically working class neighbourhood of Montreal known for its residential energy and vibrancy, La Géode apartment building reveals a new approach to urban living Read more

Sculptural music venue on The Seine includes giant kinetic sail of solar panels

Looking like a fabulous jewelled beetle adrift on the river, La Seine Musicale hasa unique presence architect Shigeru Ban talks about his spectacular design Read more

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