The striking diversity of the Canterbury landscape has inspired r+m’s design which evokes the layers of the local landscape.
Tectonic and climatic forces that have shaped Canterbury are represented through the various level changes throughout the courtyard to the Tuam Street frontage. The rich array of natural systems in Canterbury’s varied landscape provides strong regional cues in the public plaza.
r+m’s design acknowledges Peter Scholer Park by retaining a number of its existing iconic features, including a number of the oak trees. In the carpark storm water is collected and cleaned in constructed rain gardens, demonstrating sustainable processes.
Boulders representing the 9 local iwi add a rich cultural layer to the site. The overall design has resulted in an environmentally, socially and culturally responsible high amenity urban space.
Located in a prominent position in the heart of the city, ECan’s new site is an important north-facing public space within the city’s emerging urban matrix.
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