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Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

One of the first commercial projects completed in the Christchurch rebuild, Three35 is a mixed use development in the heart of the emerging inner-city suburb, Addington.

Comprising two three-storey mixed-use office and retail blocks, a three storey rear carpark and world-leading damage avoidance structural technology, the vision for this project was to prioritise the life of the building occupants, while making a positive contribution to the local context. Sustainability was also a key objective with the clients themselves choosing to utilise a 4-Star Greenstar rating as the frame work for design decisions

Located at 335 Lincoln Road, a main arterial route in and out of the city, the corner site offered an opportunity to develop a commercial precinct that has a positive impact on both the area’s streetscape and amenity.

As such, the design arranged two discrete rectilinear buildings along the street edge; enabling a quarter of the site to be preserved and developed as public outdoor space. Additionally, locating the car-park at the rear removed any significant impacts of vehicle traffic on the pedestrian and public realm, allowing all building occupants to consistently engage with street level.

Three35’s striking black-powder coated façade acts as the cohesive design element across the development. The façade’s brise soleil design is a passive shading device, regulating the internal environmental quality, and providing depth and framing to the exterior view. A high performance glazed curtain wall provides visual connectivity to the circulation stairways and spaces within. Flexible floorplates and core design provide a level of adaptability required to accommodate a diverse range of tenants.

The car park structure, with an establishing green wall on its facade, is the backdrop to the landscaped public-access courtyards between the two buildings. Passers-by and building occupants are encouraged to use this open space.

A key innovation of this project is the low damage structural technology, a precaution installed in the event of future seismic activity in the area. The designers have used a piled foundation system with a diagonally braced steel frame. These braced frames utilise replaceable bolted links which dissipate energy throughout the structure, and allow more flexible movement during a significant seismic event. At the point of design, this was the first use of the technology in New Zealand and involved extensive design and testing.


  • 2015 NZIA Canterbury Architecture Award – Commercial Architecture
  • 2014 Best Awards - Bronze Pin - Built Environment
  • 2014 Property Council NZ Commercial Office Property Award
Ronald Chin Registered Architect - Associate Principal Auckland
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Richard Dodd Registered Architect - Associate Principal Auckland
Ali Fuad Registered Architect - Associate Principal Auckland
Charlotte Hoare Architecture
Alasdair Hood Principal Christchurch
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Katrina Keshaw Architecture
Sam Lau Senior Architectural Technician - Associate Auckland
David Millard Architectural Technician - Associate Auckland
Tom Norman Interior Designer - Associate Christchurch
Ryan Simpson Architectural Technician - Associate Auckland
Mike Thomas Principal Auckland, Christchurch
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