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Christopher Kelly

Architect. Founding Principal Architecture Workshop Aotearoa. Est 1992 in Wgtn New Zealand. Monash Teaching Assoc. Twitter Christopher Kelly@cjkwksp

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Zoran for a  great launch party tonight. #heritage is things  society values from it’s past. This 1930 stripped modernist building has evolved fom the Nestle head office,  the RSA headquarters, Brassiere Flipp, Zeal and Bar Bodega to a proud  and dynamic Wellington skincare company called @antipodesskincare exporting globally. #bringingtheworldtowellington  #architecture

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Zoran for a great launch party tonight. #heritage is things society values from it’s past. This 1930 stripped modernist building has evolved fom the Nestle head office, the RSA headquarters, Brassiere Flipp, Zeal and Bar Bodega to a proud and dynamic Wellington skincare company called @antipodesskincare exporting globally. #bringingtheworldtowellington #architecture - 2 days ago

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Walking up the back street of RMIT University  in central Melbourne I came across this arresting cast bronze cloak form casting its shadow -  supernaturally claiming a presence. I walked around the shadow and discovered its folded #possum skin texture  and it’s name ‘Wurrunggi Bliik- Law of the Land’ (a sculpture by Vicki Couzens in collaboration with Jeph Neale, Hilary Jackman 2019 commission by RMIT University Art Fund) I compared it with ‘Korowai ‘ Maori cloaks - quite different materially -more transparent and made from finely woven flax fibre and adorned with tassels representing mana or prestige

On line Vicki Couzens, describes the importance of #cloaks for spiritual healing in Aboriginal communities and in ceremony in mainstream society. ‘Traditionally, they were made in South-eastern Australia where there was a cool climate and abundance of possums. From the 1820s, when Indigenous people started living on missions, they were no longer able to hunt and were given blankets for warmth. The blankets, however, did not provide the same level of waterproof protection as the cloaks. The cloaks reinforce cultural identity and empower upcoming generations.’ Us #architects when searching for raw sheltering synonyms for roofs sometimes appropriate ‘cloak’ into our narratives. I mulled this over thinking about the #Lindislodge #roof.  Being Pakeha now  and experiencing  Wurrunggi Bliik has added another layer of meaning. #architecture #nzia #aia #country  #land #constructedground

Walking up the back street of RMIT University in central Melbourne I came across this arresting cast bronze cloak form casting its shadow - supernaturally claiming a presence. I walked around the shadow and discovered its folded #possum skin texture and it’s name ‘Wurrunggi Bliik- Law of the Land’ (a sculpture by Vicki Couzens in collaboration with Jeph Neale, Hilary Jackman 2019 commission by RMIT University Art Fund) I compared it with ‘Korowai ‘ Maori cloaks - quite different materially -more transparent and made from finely woven flax fibre and adorned with tassels representing mana or prestige On line Vicki Couzens, describes the importance of #cloaks for spiritual healing in Aboriginal communities and in ceremony in mainstream society. ‘Traditionally, they were made in South-eastern Australia where there was a cool climate and abundance of possums. From the 1820s, when Indigenous people started living on missions, they were no longer able to hunt and were given blankets for warmth. The blankets, however, did not provide the same level of waterproof protection as the cloaks. The cloaks reinforce cultural identity and empower upcoming generations.’ Us #architects when searching for raw sheltering synonyms for roofs sometimes appropriate ‘cloak’ into our narratives. I mulled this over thinking about the #Lindislodge #roof . Being Pakeha now and experiencing Wurrunggi Bliik has added another layer of meaning. #architecture #nzia #aia #country #land #constructedground - 8 days ago

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Old heritage stairs retained behind and new spotted gum floor in the old dockway folded up to provide seating, display and access( fairly standard detail these days!). Still there is #architecturalcraft in keeping the parts simple and ‘not smudged’  in the upgrade for @antipodesskincare  #tracerconstruction #architecture workshop  #interiorarchitecture #heritagerefurbishment #nzia  #reuse

Old heritage stairs retained behind and new spotted gum floor in the old dockway folded up to provide seating, display and access( fairly standard detail these days!). Still there is #architecturalcraft in keeping the parts simple and ‘not smudged’ in the upgrade for @antipodesskincare #tracerconstruction #architecture workshop #interiorarchitecture #heritagerefurbishment #nzia #reuse - 16 days ago

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This was the truck dock in the old #nestle building and now will be the the #antipodes retail area at the street front with the workplaces  continuing through to the rear. #architectureworkshop #heritagereuse #tracer  @antipodesskincare supplied some beautiful chandeliers. #blindtiger

This was the truck dock in the old #nestle building and now will be the the #antipodes retail area at the street front with the workplaces continuing through to the rear. #architectureworkshop #heritagereuse #tracer @antipodesskincare supplied some beautiful chandeliers. #blindtiger - 19 days ago

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Yay moving in day for @antipodesskincare ! Tasmanian oak office partitions integrate with new seismic K bracing the 1920’s #heritage concrete structure. New polished ground floor screed incorporates hydronic heating to take the chill off the 4 m high #workspace. Pleased to report new laneway windows bring in plenty of light to the old deep plan. #architectureworkshop  #tracerconstruction #ortus #sylvesterclarke

Yay moving in day for @antipodesskincare ! Tasmanian oak office partitions integrate with new seismic K bracing the 1920’s #heritage concrete structure. New polished ground floor screed incorporates hydronic heating to take the chill off the 4 m high #workspace . Pleased to report new laneway windows bring in plenty of light to the old deep plan. #architectureworkshop #tracerconstruction #ortus #sylvesterclarke - 20 days ago

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Expressed parasol structure of the Meyer ‘Pelican ‘ house by Robyn Boyd 1955 -channelling Prouve!  Pekapeka  house by #architectureworkshop has a similar  roof strategy demonstrating that a case can be made for “collective architects’ authorship”. Interesting #ArchitectsAct discussion with #peterbrew revisiting  the original principals of the govt legislation.🤓 #rmit #aia #nzia  #heidi

Expressed parasol structure of the Meyer ‘Pelican ‘ house by Robyn Boyd 1955 -channelling Prouve! Pekapeka house by #architectureworkshop has a similar roof strategy demonstrating that a case can be made for “collective architects’ authorship”. Interesting #ArchitectsAct discussion with #peterbrew revisiting the original principals of the govt legislation.🤓 #rmit #aia #nzia #heidi - 1 month ago

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First sunlight shining rays into the the 3 storey  slot in the floor for the conservatory @antipodesskincare - unexpected reflection from upper level glazing patterning the sprayed concrete structural walls  #serendipity #architectureworkshop #tracerconstruction  #Heritagereuse #Practicalcompletion  next week.

First sunlight shining rays into the the 3 storey slot in the floor for the conservatory @antipodesskincare - unexpected reflection from upper level glazing patterning the sprayed concrete structural walls #serendipity #architectureworkshop #tracerconstruction #Heritagereuse #Practicalcompletion next week. - 2 months ago

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Panaroma on #old Bulls from top floor of new #civic centre. #pcg meeting followed by #sitevisit 9 -builders about to complete the roof and then of course very wet weather today in the middle of the #north island  #moat #wwconstruction #architectureworkshop  #rangitikei

Panaroma on #old Bulls from top floor of new #civic centre. #pcg meeting followed by #sitevisit 9 -builders about to complete the roof and then of course very wet weather today in the middle of the #north island #moat #wwconstruction #architectureworkshop #rangitikei - 2 months ago

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In 1930 this room was the  board room for Nestle in NZ.  Appropriate  now the same room becomes the board room for @antipodesskincare. The bronze exterior windows have survived 90 years. Reusing our existing buildings is the most sustainable thing we can do - on this day of #climatestrike in Aotearoa.  #architectureworkshop #heritagereuse  #ghuzneestreet

In 1930 this room was the board room for Nestle in NZ. Appropriate now the same room becomes the board room for @antipodesskincare. The bronze exterior windows have survived 90 years. Reusing our existing buildings is the most sustainable thing we can do - on this day of #climatestrike in Aotearoa. #architectureworkshop #heritagereuse #ghuzneestreet - 2 months ago

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#Monash 4th and 5th year students this weeks test models for our Wilful studio. The poor buggars have to wrestle with questions like ...... How do you optimise public realm within private development  constraints? Plot ratios of min 1:10 have to be achieved.  How can an understanding of #Firstpeople and  #country be manifest in the public realm ? How does the precinct development fit with the Melbourne DNA and the Swanson St axis ? Is the street itself the primary #publicrealm? -many balls in the air and as the current site shows -no  easy answers. Thanks to  #KirstenBauer  #DavidWaldren #AndyFergus for enlightened talks  #urbandesign  #citydensity #laurencedragomir #christopherkelly  #hoddlegrid  #carltongrid

#Monash 4th and 5th year students this weeks test models for our Wilful studio. The poor buggars have to wrestle with questions like ...... How do you optimise public realm within private development constraints? Plot ratios of min 1:10 have to be achieved. How can an understanding of #Firstpeople and #country be manifest in the public realm ? How does the precinct development fit with the Melbourne DNA and the Swanson St axis ? Is the street itself the primary #publicrealm ? -many balls in the air and as the current site shows -no easy answers. Thanks to #KirstenBauer #DavidWaldren #AndyFergus for enlightened talks #urbandesign #citydensity #laurencedragomir #christopherkelly #hoddlegrid #carltongrid - 2 months ago

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Startled to find the small #community #lakesidehall has been selected for visitation by the National #NZIA jury. Look forward to meeting up with the local client group again and showing the visitors  around. #architectureworkshop  #civic #architecture  #rural #leeston #southcanterbury #flatlands

Startled to find the small #community #lakesidehall has been selected for visitation by the National #NZIA jury. Look forward to meeting up with the local client group again and showing the visitors around. #architectureworkshop #civic #architecture #rural #leeston #southcanterbury #flatlands - 3 months ago

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#Sitemeetingseven #steelstair dropped in from above.  #Sitewalk with #RDCclientgroup.  #Subcontractors finalising interfaces  #bullstownhall #architectureworkshop #e3bw #nzcel #rdc #holmesfire #www #maltbys #rangitikei

#Sitemeetingseven #steelstair dropped in from above. #Sitewalk with #RDCclientgroup . #Subcontractors finalising interfaces #bullstownhall #architectureworkshop #e3bw #nzcel #rdc #holmesfire #www #maltbys #rangitikei - 3 months ago

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Pavilion roof steel has been assembled quickly by #WWConstruction - well before 28 days curing on the roof slab is up.(#firth concrete mixes have reached their design strength after a week) Went to visit the #archlow workshop in Palmerston North to see the stair parts in fabrication and talk stitch welding with steelies. #stitchintimesavesnine  #rdc #architectureworkshop #bulls

Pavilion roof steel has been assembled quickly by #WWConstruction - well before 28 days curing on the roof slab is up.(#firth concrete mixes have reached their design strength after a week) Went to visit the #archlow workshop in Palmerston North to see the stair parts in fabrication and talk stitch welding with steelies. #stitchintimesavesnine #rdc #architectureworkshop #bulls - 4 months ago

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The #Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre was our last #WorldArchitectureFestival finalist for #architectureworkshop. In Barcelona in 2011, we talked in our allocated 5 mins about the moving opening by Iwi and their pride in having a new building that guaranteed the future for their mokopuna. We thought we had a compelling narrative to go with our innovative #LVL structure for Tourism Holdings Ltd in 50/50 partnership with #Maori -one of the first treaty settlements. We watched Sohnetta  present their reindeer viewing cabin (stuck in a car park) and focus on analogue and digital production. The slickly curated  presentation with a moose pushing up to the glass got a few laughs. You never saw the whole building in context.....That day we learnt the importance of #Theatre especially with a varied bunch of judges with their own agendas. Apparently  and unofficially we were second😎 (In the #WAF innovative structure part we were pipped at the post by Gehry’s wonky New York tower engineered by Arup - our own brilliant engineer was Alistair Cattanach #DTC) #culture #knowyouraudience #concept #authentic  #brand #pitching  #architecture  #nzia #pacific #gotheblackcaps

The #Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre was our last #WorldArchitectureFestival finalist for #architectureworkshop . In Barcelona in 2011, we talked in our allocated 5 mins about the moving opening by Iwi and their pride in having a new building that guaranteed the future for their mokopuna. We thought we had a compelling narrative to go with our innovative #LVL structure for Tourism Holdings Ltd in 50/50 partnership with #Maori -one of the first treaty settlements. We watched Sohnetta present their reindeer viewing cabin (stuck in a car park) and focus on analogue and digital production. The slickly curated presentation with a moose pushing up to the glass got a few laughs. You never saw the whole building in context.....That day we learnt the importance of #Theatre especially with a varied bunch of judges with their own agendas. Apparently and unofficially we were second😎 (In the #WAF innovative structure part we were pipped at the post by Gehry’s wonky New York tower engineered by Arup - our own brilliant engineer was Alistair Cattanach #DTC ) #culture #knowyouraudience #concept #authentic #brand #pitching #architecture #nzia #pacific #gotheblackcaps - 4 months ago

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#architectureworkshop fly to Amsterdam for a 10 min presentation in December! Sort of a live architectural #theatre that is not really connected with the hard slog of realising a building and not nearly as thorough as a #jury of peers visiting the #site. The best part of #WAF is visiting the other presentations. I have noticed that often you can’t tell the difference between a #render and an actual photograph of a completed project and therein lies the achilles heel of this global  festival especially as  they now also include #futureprojects. The best award any #architect can win is a 25 year #enduringarchitecture award. #time is the real jury.

#architectureworkshop fly to Amsterdam for a 10 min presentation in December! Sort of a live architectural #theatre that is not really connected with the hard slog of realising a building and not nearly as thorough as a #jury of peers visiting the #site . The best part of #WAF is visiting the other presentations. I have noticed that often you can’t tell the difference between a #render and an actual photograph of a completed project and therein lies the achilles heel of this global festival especially as they now also include #futureprojects . The best award any #architect can win is a 25 year #enduringarchitecture award. #time is the real jury. - 4 months ago

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Top floor slab of the #Bulls new town hall is poured in time for Site meeting 7.  Concrete is a seductive texture that attracts the male species for hours of troweling  and float finishing fun! Reminds me of childhood play in the sandpit or making roads in an exposed dirt bank for hours on end. Membrane and insulation is to be laid over the slab so quality of finish is not so critical this time. #WWconstruction  #satisfaction  #insituconcrete #steelwork #cruciformplates #CHS  #newcivicspace  #publicroofterrace  #awa #rangitikeidistrictcouncil

Top floor slab of the #Bulls new town hall is poured in time for Site meeting 7. Concrete is a seductive texture that attracts the male species for hours of troweling and float finishing fun! Reminds me of childhood play in the sandpit or making roads in an exposed dirt bank for hours on end. Membrane and insulation is to be laid over the slab so quality of finish is not so critical this time. #WWconstruction #satisfaction #insituconcrete #steelwork #cruciformplates #CHS #newcivicspace #publicroofterrace #awa #rangitikeidistrictcouncil - 5 months ago

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#architectureworkshop gifted this heavy little cube for #publicarchitecture, awarded by the #NZIA Canterbury Branch, to the client community of the #LakesideSoldiers Memorial Hall. The locals will display’ the gong’ in a #cabinetofcuriosities secured  inside the hall. We said that they could only have it if the chairman didn’t put a roof over the courtyard!  #Justjokin -sort of 😳. It will take a while for a varied crossection of personalities to discover the best event combinations between the different parts of a building - especially when the project has been so long in gestation. #eventmodes #civicspace- Thanks to the jury for their time and  lovely insightful #citation.  #beautifullycomposed #rhythmicseries of experiences that clearly establish a #senseofplace  #relaxed #calm #reflective

#architectureworkshop gifted this heavy little cube for #publicarchitecture , awarded by the #NZIA Canterbury Branch, to the client community of the #LakesideSoldiers Memorial Hall. The locals will display’ the gong’ in a #cabinetofcuriosities secured inside the hall. We said that they could only have it if the chairman didn’t put a roof over the courtyard! #Justjokin -sort of 😳. It will take a while for a varied crossection of personalities to discover the best event combinations between the different parts of a building - especially when the project has been so long in gestation. #eventmodes #civicspace - Thanks to the jury for their time and lovely insightful #citation . #beautifullycomposed #rhythmicseries of experiences that clearly establish a #senseofplace #relaxed #calm #reflective - 5 months ago

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From the promenade to the rigorous beautiful tile details, it is always uplifting to be around this building -Utzon laboured away from 1957 till 1973 - not until after he was dumped did the lucky country finally realise what a gem he had created at #bennelongpoint -along with the bridge and  sparkling sea,the #Sydneyoperahouse has become shorthand for Australia. That really is the definition of #iconic. It is such a pity Utzon never saw it complete - my old boss Renzo Piano tried to repair Utzon’s relationship with Australia by enticing him back for the city mayor to present him with the keys to Sydney, however to no avail, the self serving political process at the time was irreparable. Plus ca change!  #architectureparexcellence  #vivid #publicspace #civic #dirtythree

From the promenade to the rigorous beautiful tile details, it is always uplifting to be around this building -Utzon laboured away from 1957 till 1973 - not until after he was dumped did the lucky country finally realise what a gem he had created at #bennelongpoint -along with the bridge and sparkling sea,the #Sydneyoperahouse has become shorthand for Australia. That really is the definition of #iconic . It is such a pity Utzon never saw it complete - my old boss Renzo Piano tried to repair Utzon’s relationship with Australia by enticing him back for the city mayor to present him with the keys to Sydney, however to no avail, the self serving political process at the time was irreparable. Plus ca change! #architectureparexcellence #vivid #publicspace #civic #dirtythree - 6 months ago

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