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Martin Chant Architect

Assertive, Robust, Beautiful
- Architecture with Meaning and Purpose


Creative, bespoke Architecture is personal and energising...'s about creating form and space intentionally moulded around people, reflecting their life, their style, the way they want to live... it's about responding to the land and environment, sculpturally engaging everything natural and made, and with clever problem solving making difficult things seem effortless.

Buildings are serious things. They require significant investment, will last an enormously long time and involve enormous amounts of technical and creative input to make them the best they can be. This is where we do our work with specialist knowledge, skill and experience, blending timeless artistic rules with modern technical solutions and vision to the future.

Investing 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 truly express who you are.

You deserve it!


Unique Architecture

Architecture is all about responding. Our approach to design responds to thought, perception, program, emotions and  context. These things done well create beauty....

High Performance 

We know what a 'high performance house' really means. It's actually all the cool things you cant see, the things hidden in the core, designed and built-into the way it is made....

Honest, Real Materials

Honest materials are confident, they know where they come from and what they are doing. Real materials used as close to raw as they can be,  can deliver like no other....

Project Management

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....

Professional Services

The difference working with a professional Registered Architect for your project is the depth of knowledge, experience and resources that will ensure your project is truely unique....


A small selection of our favourite projects

When the landscape begs for sculpture, let the play of Architecture and Structure happen.  Luxury Country Lodge.

Sometimes a good client, a great brief and spectacular site come together in a way that allows magic to happen. We listen, talk, look, examine and explore, analyse and sketch. Developing a true meaning and purpose informs our actions and defines 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.


Concrete House Architecture


Everything we design still starts with a hand sketch and then creatively and technically developed in 3D BIM software. This ensures the design, technical detail and construction processes are seamlessly integrated. Images and other media can be produced from the design model to 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 carved into the ridgeline of a mountainous rural bushland estate in Queensland Australia. Although with spectacular views, the site is also subjected to Extreme Winds and Bushfire. For this reason construction is entirely of Concrete and Steel with zero-timber content. It is robust, fire resistant and self-reliant including on-site water collection for both household use and firefighting, and delivers very high levels of thermal performance and energy efficiency. The house is designed to have two distinct personalities; a fortress-like public side and an open private side and roof terrace for capturing the views. The Brutalist style architecture is infused with a Japanese 'wabi-sabi' appreciation of rawness, texture and form inside and out that reflects the local natural environment, and delivers a pared-back, safe and very comfortable family gallery-house for art pieces, sculpture, family gatherings, entertaining and enjoyment of abundant 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.

The limited palette of core construction materials we like to work with is concrete, structural steel, aluminium, glass and fine timbers. Limiting choices keeps us focussed, but these materials used to their full potential allow better buildings to be built without physical constraint or structural vulnerability. And there is nothing more satisfying than the texture and quality of concrete and the living 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 Chant M.Arch, RAIA ANZIA
Registered Architect 

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 of ICF and EPS formed concrete, and many other techniques for achieving Resilient and Sustainable next-generation housing. Martin is a bold, creative but thoughtful designer, approaching every project from a fresh position with focus on form, beauty, performance, and most importantly, the people the building is made for.


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 a little more background about us. 

So perhaps grab a coffee and explore a few of our design perspectives......


Architects S.PA is based in the South Island of New Zealand with a focus on creating high quality and timeless Architecture for local and international clients.

We only accept a limited number of projects at any one time to ensure our high standards and services are consistent for every client, therefore each project is considered by application only.

If you think your project might be a good fit, and would like to have it considered, please contact me directly or by message from the form below.


Architects S.PA/Studio of Progressive Architecture
P.O. Box 1810
Christchurch City 8140
New Zealand

Phone: NZ  (03) 337 1360
Phone: int  +64 3 337 1360
Mobile: NZ  027 512 4148
Mobile : int  +64 27 512 4148

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