South Frame Public Realm

Landscape Architecture, Architecture

‘The South Frame’ is a city central urban design initiative formulated to contribute to the wider Recovery Plan for the reparation of the Christchurch CBD, following the 2011 earthquakes.

The South Frame Public Realm, zoned along with Northern and Eastern Frames, represents a central core within the city, where it has been identified that utilising successful urban design strategies to implement a mix of green spaces and commercial and residential developments, will aid in recovering and future-proofing the city with land supply and diversification in mind.

The vision behind the South Frame precinct was to create a sensation of nature within the heart of the city, whilst incorporating an urban neighbourhood that combines health, education, innovation and city living.

Stretching across five blocks, the project frames the commercial core and various anchor projects in the city’s centre. Designed in partnership with LandLAB, the project incorporates over 20,000sqm of new pedestrian networks consisting of mid-block laneways and plazas. Promoting a greener and more walkable city, the lanes will provide a shared space for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians within a slow-speed environment.

Perceived as a mix between Melbourne's Lanes and the New York High Line, at its centre a 10-12m wide Greenway, which spans across several blocks and linking the new Innovation precinct at its eastern end and Health precinct at the western end.

This inner city linear garden lives up to its name with over 50 per cent of it planted with predominantly local native species whilst linking four public courtyards filled with large

native trees. Ngai Tahu’s deep involvement localises the look and feel including the narrative of this public realm.

The southern edge of the city was once a mix of light industrial, bars and lanes in a gritty city fringe. Situated in an area where over 50 per cent of the buildings had been demolished, the new precinct will see residents, businesses and organisations emerge in new and refurbished buildings reviving the vibrant and gritty industrial character of its urban setting.

Designed in partnership with LandLAB.

Other team members

Robert Bark Landscape Architect Auckland
Emily Mabin Graduate Landscape Architect Christchurch
Adrian Taylor Registered Landscape Architect Christchurch
Mike Thomas Principal Auckland, Christchurch
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