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The Forté Health hospital includes several leading-edge architectural elements in a design that shows the way forward for new Christchurch city buildings
Designed to survive a major seismic event and architecture, building, commercial building, condominium, corporate headquarters, facade, headquarters, metropolitan area, mixed use, real estate, sky, blue, gray
Designed to survive a major seismic event and the first hospital to achieve the coveted 4-Star 
Green Star certification, Forté Health is one of New Zealands safest and greenest medical buildings

Rebuilding after a major seismic event calls for architecture that reflects strength and security for the future. Alongside improved earthquake resiliance are the sustainable elements that go into creating a 4-Star Green Star building.

The new Forte Health hospital, by Christchurch-based Wilson & Hill Architects, is a case in point.

Wilson & Hill takes on a range of commercial, medical, residential and education work and for most projects is lead consultant responsible for briefing, design, contract observation and administration the full architectural service, says director David Hill.


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The airy, ground-floor café in the light well provides a common meeting point for building occupants.

"For Forte Health, we undertook site planning and design of the building, and ground floor hard fit-outs for specialist rooms and common areas, as well as their soft fit-outs in collaboration with Jules Mark.

"The ground conditions and seismic design dictated a lightweight building, which the glazed facade with large custom louvres provides. For the seismic structural system, we turned function into aesthetics, wrapping the full-height seismic frames on each side of the building in obscure glass."

As the first Green Star-rated medical building in New Zealand, Forte Health has a number of environmental and sustainable features. The building is set back from the boundary on all sides to enable natural light penetration and an 8m x 7m lightwell brings natural light into the core.

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Built using advanced post-tensioned steel technology and boasting a rocking frame seismic structural system, Forté Health in Christchurch is designed for occupant safety and a sustainable future.

The building addresses the Kilmore St frontage, setting a precedent for future buildings in this area and has an attractive frontage to Peterborough St.

The whole project from brief to completion was deivered in a 22-month period, says Hill.

To contact Wilson & Hill Architects, phone +64 3 379 3663. Email: info@wilsonandhill.co.nz. Website: www.wilsonandhill.co.nz

Mar 31, 2014
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