Creative, bespoke Architecture is personal and energising.
It goes beyond being just a handy utility that satisfies basic needs. It reflects the people that use it, their life, their style, the way they want to live.
Design is about making things work, clever problem solving, making practical things seem effortless. But taken to a higher level, intentionally moulding form and space around people and personalities, responding to land and environment, sculpturally engaging everything natural and made, that is what Architecture really means.
Buildings are serious things; they can demand a large financial investment, they last an enormously long time and they involve massive amounts of technical and creative input to make them the best they can be. This is where real Architects do their work with specialist training, knowledge, skill and experience, blending ageless artistic rules with modern technical solutions and vision to the future.
A determined investment in carefully crafted Architecture and bold, solid and robust construction can be one of the most satisfying things you can do. It not only provides real value and enjoyment but the opportunity to truely express who you are.
Architecture is all about responding. Our approach to design responds to thought, perception, program, emotions and context. These things done well create beauty....
We know what a 'high performance house' really means. It is actually all the cool things you cant see, the things hidden in the core, designed and built-into the way it is made....
Honest materials are confident, they know where they come from and what they are doing. Real materials are as close to raw as they can be, but can deliver like no other....
Making a great building starts with a great concept, plans and drawings worked out to perfection. Great project management has it constructed just the way it was meant to be....
The difference working with a professional Registered Architect for your project is the depth of knowledge, experience and resources that ensures your project is truely unique....
A small selection of our favourite projects
Sometimes a good client, a great brief and spectacular site all come together in a way that allows magic to happen. We listen, talk, look, examine and explore, analyse and sketch. These things inform our actions and define a path to a perfect solution.
What we design gives pleasure to others long after we have finished and left. The quality of the legacy left behind is the point of our work.
Everything we design still starts with a hand sketch. Projects are then modelled from the bottom-up in 3D BIM software to ensure the design detail and construction processes are integrated throughout the job. Images can be developed from the model and digitally rendered to produce realistic views. These resources let us and our clients visually test every idea as the project unfolds. Nothing ever happens by accident.
This selection of our conceptual work illustrates the variety of projects currently in the planning stages, in construction, or for one reason or another didnt get off the ground. Unbuilt work is almost as important as built work in that every new design problem generates a new solution which is added to our extensive design knowledgebase and body of work. That formidable resource is drawn upon for every new project.
The Ocean View House was featured on GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA (Series 3 Episode 8)
The story of our clients journey and how it was built is not to be missed.
OCEAN VIEW HOUSE - is located in a rural bushland estate in Queensland Australia. The site is on a high ridgeline with spectacular views but in an area subject to Extreme Winds, Bushfire, and Termites. The house needed to be robust, fire resistant and self reliant including on-site water collection for both household use and firefighting. This project is an exercise in very high thermal performance and efficiency, is resilient to the environment and designed to be a pared-back but comfortable family gallery-house, designed for artworks, sculpture, family, entertaining and enjoying life in the country.
Some images courtesy of Paul Broben Photographer/FOXTEL
The other side of Architecture is Construction. Attending to the site work is essential to ensure the essence of the Architecture is not lost, and everything goes together exactly the way it is meant.
As you have probably guessed, we really like working with concrete and steel. The limited palette of core construction materials we work with is concrete, steel, aluminium, glass, ceramic and fine timbers. Limiting choices keeps us focussed, but also these materials used to their full potential allow better buildings to be built without physical constraint or structural vulnerability. And there is nothing better than the texture of concrete and the experience of an industrial strength building.
We do love timber but in respect for the forests and their fragile ecosystems we use timber thoughtfully, carefully and sparingly, and only in finishing work for its inherent visual beauty, texture and warmth.
Martin is a Registered Architect with a passion for cutting-edge design and advanced building sciences. With his work in Practice, Masters Degree research, and ongoing technical R&D work, he has unique knowledge in the use of ICF and EPS moulded concrete and other industrial techniques for Resilient and Sustainable next-generation housing. Martin is a bold, creative and thoughtful designer, approaching every project from a fresh position, focussing on form, beauty, performance and the people the building is made for.
Meredith is the long time professional assitant to Martin, looking after practice business and specialist tasks from designing and coordinating interior spaces, to sourcing unique materials, products and finishes. Meredith works decisively with suppliers and manufacturers and provides our clients with plenty of interior therapy along the way. She is also our in-house barista and makes a spectacularly good flat white (latte').
We are always thinking about design and new ways to create unique buildings. Our approach is a little different, and we have some pretty strong core values that set us apart. A few of these thoughts and philosophies are included in our blog page for more background about us.
Please do grab a coffee, sit back, and explore a few of our design perspectives......
Good architecture starts with a good conversation. We understand you will have questions about what we do, how we can help you, and how our Professional Architectural services work.
There are many ways to approach a new project so a simple call, an email or a quick message from below is all that is required to start the conversation.....
MARTIN CHANT Architect
Studio of Progressive Architecture
P.O. Box 1810
Christchurch City 8140
Phone: NZ (03) 337 1360
Phone: int +64 3 337 1360
Mobile: NZ 027 512 4148
Mobile : int +64 27 512 4148