Gallery Apartments is a 14 level apartment building located in central Christchurch on a north facing site with a narrow 12.0m street frontage.
There are 17 apartments in total with 11 in the ‘North Tower’ and 6 in the South Tower. The lower 7 levels of the South Tower contain 37 carparks all accessed by a carlift.
The clients brief was to produce a contemporary Apartment Building that maximised the views to the west and the north.
The narrowness of the site and its location up against the Art gallery presented several challenges.
The site was too narrow to accommodate the turning circle of a car, so the provision of carparking was solved with a carlift that provides the Apartment owners with secure access to their carparking level.
The building is constructed from precast panels cast off site. The balcony elements are left as natural concrete with an acid finish. Copper has been used on the fascias and soffits of the roof.
Timber elements such as pergolas, balustrades and handrail cappings soften the building and provide a ‘residential’ feel to the buildings.