Re:START Mall is representative of Christchurch’s post-quake, transitional landscape and was a catalyst in the rebuild of the inner city.
The project earned r+m the Resene NZILA Pride of Place Community Design Award at the 2015 Landscape Architecture Awards.
r+m donated their services to create a temporary public landscape within the newly erected container mall. Their landscape design was derived from the structural framework of the container shops. The plant palette was influenced by donations and included a mix of annuals for instant colour and mass plantings of native grasses and shrubs for textural contrast. Trees in movable planters served as bold focal points.
Envisaged as a temporary installation, five years later it remains, albeit further down the street!
Re:START the Heart was conceived of by a group of central city business leaders and was the first step to regenerate the inner city in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes
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