2016 CLAUDE MEGSON COUNTER CONSTRUCTIONS


Book by Giles Reid on 5 houses by New Zealand architect Claude Megson. Photography Jackie Meiring. Book design Seb McLauchlan. Now on sale.


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Book on sale 18.10.16

2016 KEW EXTENSION


Planning Permission Approved July.

2016 JIDORI 


Yakitori restaurant in Dalston for 40 covers. Opened December 2015. www.jidori.co.uk


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2015 VENICE BIENNALE CURATOR

Shortlisted entry to curate New Zealand's entry to the 2016 architecture biennale, Venice. With Jason Whiteley and Max Lozach.

2015 TUNGENES MARITIME MUSEUM


The Museum is set on the coast, several hundred meters from Tungenes’ famous lighthouse. The site is characterised by low level painted clap-board buildings, to which this new building is related. 

The programme encompasses a museum including exhibits of sailing boats and marine life, a conference facility, a large cafeteria, offices and associated support spaces.
These are housed under one roof, which fans out from an oculus over the entrance lobby. Construction is glue laminated timber beams and columns, with an emphasis on off site pre-fabrication to counter the severe winter weather and short summer months available to construct the enclosure. 

2014 CHRISTCHURCH EARHQUAKE MEMORIAL


A grid of stainless steel poles, laid across both land and water, one for each victim.

2014 AKEPIRO STREET


A mini tower in Auckland, formed by alternating solids and voids. Each apartment has a perimeter balcony and a glazed face screened by slender vertical louvres. Chrome plated columns thread the building together. 


The ground floor divides into retail, apartment lobby and carstacker entrance. The top floor is a communal space for the residents and their guests. 


With CPRW Fisher

2014 ZAGREB ALUARTS FORUM


The building is located in the Medieval part of Zagreb. Here front walls are made of stone or render; whereas side walls reveal the building’s actual brick construction. This proposal sets out to show that it is possible to make a contemporary building by taking direct inspiration from these simple, traditional facts. 

At ground floor, there is a massive window on the street. This allows a view right through the building, past the ground floor shop, through the south facing café, to the entrance terrace and sun lit park beyond. On the street elevation there are two upper large windows. These allow north light into the large temporary galleries and help connect the street to the galleries and the visitor back to the street in turn.

The building’s form is direct and massive, in the way that say warehouses in Chelsea New York or the East End of London are simple adaptable structures that can be appropriated for the arts. The fluting and massing continues to the park elevation, yet here the elevation is glazed, creating a more delicate, lighter and exuberant façade.


With Branka Bilic

2014 HILL HOUSE


A private house for a client near Glenorchy in the South Island of New Zealand.

2013 GLASNEVIN CHAPEL

RIAI COMPETITION


The design creates a shared landscape with the existing Monument to the 1916 Easter Rising, Dublin. The building's east face is aligned with the Monument, forming a generous entrance. An avenue of trees is introduced to frame the Monument and soften its landscape. 


The new chapel aims to become public building with a simple unifying form and materials, animated inside by light through a frosted façade. Facing west, it presents a classical and calm elevation on approach. Funeral cars drive up to a parking area in front. The cortège then walks parallel to the Monument approach, towards the chapel entrance. The entrance takes the form of a portico, where people can congregate.

2013 HERRINGBONE SHELVING SYSTEM

2013 DREAM PAVILION COMPETITION

2013 WINE GLASS - MUJI COMPETITION

2013 HELSINKI LIBRARY COMPETITION


The bulk of the building is buried below the ground, creating a meadow or ground plane which is owned by the public, free to use this space at any time. A lattice made of metal sails floats over this ground, providing dappled shade in summer and acting as a sieve for the snow in winter.



2013 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Model by AMODELS


GROUP HOUSE


The house sits on a wooded site, sloping down to a small stream. The clients are a couple, one of whom works from home. They have a young child. The entrance is at the top level, where bedrooms are also located. From the landing, a double height space opens up with diagonal views to the stream. One descends a cantilevered staircase alongside a stone wall, down to the main living area. A snug is created under the main volume, with a fireplace which helps ground the light structure on the site.


2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

SPLIT HOUSE


The house sits in a suburban context on a gently sloping corner site. The building is pulled to this corner so as to build right up to the plot perimeter. This move creates space for an inner private courtyard. The building is reduced in apparent size by being divided between the house proper and a smaller garage structure with small study space over. 


Materials to the street are deliberately urban, formed of sheet metal in a brick bond pattern. Materials to the courtyard by contrast are more tactile, - timber cladding, bespoke joinery and more extensive glazing. The roof is formed by a simple hip, cut through however at slight oblique angle, creating a house-shaped profile in the courtyard.

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