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AVON APARTMENTS
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Context of Avon Apartments
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CONTENT
Title Page 1
Content Page 3
Project Description 6

Research 7-10

Formal Investigation 11-21

Site/ Programme 22-28

Design Proposal 29-41
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Christchurch has lost an estimated 6,000 houses due to the 2010-2011 earthquakes. With
projections of 36,000 workers expected to move to the city for the rebuild, there is a very
real and urgent housing crisis.
Cambridge Terrace is located along the Avon River and is still, two years after the earth-
quakes, within the CBD closed cordon. Many buildings have been demolished while others
fate is pending. With a vast area of the neighbourhood having to be rebuilt, this site was
selected for the potential to revitalise the riverside.
The proposal is for a multi-unit residential complex with a focus on connecting the river
with the neighbourhood. This evolved from investigations on water supply and treatment
methods and led on to experimentations with porosity and fow. These studies were car-
ried out through sponge absorption testings and informed the building concept and in-
spired the overall design form to be canyon-like volumes. The buildings are lifted 24metres
above ground to share the same maximum height of the neighbouring buildings.
The design intends to integrate public life of the street with private spaces and examine
the relationship between these diferent programmes. In order to do this the arrangement
of the buildings is focused on enhancing connections between public and private. The
idea of porosity was also incorporated into the meeting ground between these spaces with
permeable surfaces that allow light, noise and smells to flter through.
In response to the urgency for single to small household dwellings, the target market is
focused on young single households, couples without children, and the working popula-
tion in the trade area.
CAMBRIDGE TCE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2012
Project Description
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CHRISTCHURCH WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM
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Water Treatment Methods
Facultative
Aerated
Free w
ater surface
Subsurface ow
Aquaculture
W
ater H
yacinths
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Interm
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Recirculating
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Flocculation
Water Treatment Methods
Land Treatment
Slow
-rate
O
verland ow
Rapid inltration
Subsurface inltration
Constructed w
etlands
Water Treatment Methods
O
xidation ditch
Extended aeration
Sequencing
batch reactor
Trickling lter- SCP
Mechanical
Activated
carbon ltration
Settling
M
icroltration
U
ltraltration
N
anoltration
D
istillation
Reverse
O
sm
osis
Ion exchange
resins Acid
neutralisation
W
ater softener
Boiling
O
zonization
INVESTIGATION OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO PROCESS WATER
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POST EARTHQUAKE WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE
Source: SCIPT
POST EARTHQUAKE WATER SUPPLY INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE
Source: SCIPT
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View across the Avon River along Cambrige Terrace
Red-zoned area of Cambrige Tce as of September 2012 Red-zoned area of Cambrige Tce as of September 2012, with view
of the Band Rotunda
Onsite investigation on the current condition of Cam-
bridge Terrace and CBD area.
View of Avon river from Oxford Terrace
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Water 10% Ink 90%
Water 30% Ink 70%
ABSORPTION TESTING 1
felt, syringe, water, black ink
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Water 70% Ink 30%
Water 90% Ink 10%
ABSORPTION TESTING 1
felt, syringe, water, black ink
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Water 30% Ink 70%
Water 70% Ink 30%
Water 90% Ink 10%
Water 50% Ink 50%
ABSORPTION TESTING 2
wrapping paper, sponge, water, black ink
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Water 30% Ink 70%
Water 70% Ink 30%
Water 90% Ink 10%
Water 50% Ink 50%
ABSORPTION TESTING 3
wrapping paper, paper towel, sponge, water, black ink
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voronoi
positive space
multiplied
Overlaying of absorption test 2
wrapping paper, paper towel, sponge, water, black ink
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The positive spaces have lifted
up to create mounds
voronoi + Heightfeld
Voronoi + Heightfeld + Flow along surface
INTERPRETING THE HOLES IN THE
SPONGE TESTINGS INTO VORONOI
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NORTH ELEVATION
Plan view Perspective
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Waler 70 nk 30
Waler 90 nk !0
Waler 50 nk 50
Cverlaynq ol lhe absorplon leslnqs
wrappnq paper. sponqe. waler. black nk
Formal Investigation: Absorption
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Waler 70 nk 30
Waler 90 nk !0
Waler 50 nk 50
Cverlaynq ol lhe absorplon leslnqs
wrappnq paper. sponqe. waler. black nk
Formal Investigation: Absorption
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Waler 70 nk 30
Waler 90 nk !0
Waler 50 nk 50
Cverlaynq ol lhe absorplon leslnqs
wrappnq paper. sponqe. waler. black nk
Formal Investigation: Absorption
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number of sample points: 10x10 20x20 50x50
REINTERPRETATING THE SIZES OF THE HOLES IN THE TESTINGS
AS HEIGHTS INTO THREE DIMENTIONAL FORM
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Cambridge Tce and Oxford Tce is accessible to cars ,public
transportation and pedestrians.
PRE-EARTHQUAKE
CCDU PLAN
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Kilmore tce
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Cambridge Tce and Oxford Tce is accessible to public
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Residential (Sophia) Market (Natalee) Hybrid (Daniel)
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Cambridge Tce and Oxford Tce is accessible to cars ,public
transportation and pedestrians.
PRE-EARTHQUAKE
CCDU PLAN
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Armagh St
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Cambridge Tce and Oxford Tce is accessible to public
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Cambridge Tce and Oxford Tce is accessible to cars ,public
transportation and pedestrians.
PRE-EARTHQUAKE
CCDU PLAN
Cambridge tce
Oxford tce
Kilmore tce
Armagh St
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PROPOSAL
Cambridge Tce and Oxford Tce is accessible to pedestrians only
bus stops are reallocated to the west and east end of the market.
Vehicular route
Public transportation route
Pedestrian route
Bus stop
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Oxford tce
Kilmore tce
Armagh St
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Convention / Exhibition space
720 m2
Retail
860 m2
Green Space
640 m2
Live
8600m2
Central Core
650 m2
Bicycle Parking
110 m2
Car Parking
560 m2
75 Apartments
-Studio
-1 Bedroom
-2 Bedroom
Each ranging from 49- 80m2
PROGRAM BAR
Level 1
0
Level 2
3000
Level 3
6000
Level 4
9000
Level 5
1200
Level 6
15000
Level 7
18000
Level 8
21000
24000
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CONVENTION SPACE
EXHIBITION SPACE
CONVENTION
SPACE
RETAIL
GREEN
SPACE
GREEN
SPACE
RETAIL
BICYCLE
PARKING
CAR PARKING
GREEN
SPACE
GREEN SPACE
SECTIONAL PROGRAM ORGANISATION DIAGRAM
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High Density
Tight Knit
Private Space
Less Flow
More Concentrated
programme
Medium Density
Not so Tight Knit
Allows Mingling while
still allowing Privacy
Low Density
Not tight Knit
Invites Integration
Bigger Public Spaces
PROGRAM VS DENSITY
High Density
Tight Knit
Private Space
Less Flow
More Concentrated
programme
Medium Density
Not so Tight Knit
Allows Mingling while
still allowing Privacy
Low Density
Not tight Knit
Invites Integration
Bigger Public Spaces
High Density
Tight Knit
Private Space
Less Flow
More Concentrated
programme
Medium Density
Not so Tight Knit
Allows Mingling while
still allowing Privacy
Low Density
Not tight Knit
Invites Integration
Bigger Public Spaces
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Work + Live Studio
Private
High Density
Residential Studios
Live
Retail
Convention/ Events Centre
Semi Public
Medium Density
Inviting
Flexible
Convention/ Events Centre
Public
Low Density
Open
Inviting
Public Plaza
Convention/Events Centre
Retail
Car parking
BUILDING FOOTPRINT INVESTIGATION
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CONTEXTUAL RELATIONSHIPS
(E) Sunrise
Morning Warming
(N) Noon
Main living/
Occupation
(W) Sun Set
Afternoon
overheating
(S) No
Sun Zone
Invite Flow of Pedestrians
Optimize Views and
Create a Link to
Avon River
Iconic Corner- Visible
at Intersection.
CONTEXTUAL RELATIONSHIPS
(E) Sunrise
Morning Warming
(N) Noon
Main living/
Occupation
(W) Sun Set
Afternoon
overheating
(S) No
Sun Zone
Invite Flow of Pedestrians
Optimize Views and
Create a Link to
Avon River
Iconic Corner- Visible
at Intersection.
CONTEXTUAL RELATIONSHIPS
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Everyone/ Public
Residents
Goods
Vehicles
Employees/ Staff
Vertical Circulation Cores
GROUND FLOOR FIRST FLOOR SECOND FLOOR
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0 5m 10m
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GROUND FLOOR PLAN
1. Reception/ Information Centre
2. Convention/ Exhibition Space
5. Meeting Area
3. Events/ Seminar/ Gallery Space
2. Cafe/ Restauraunt
4. Core - Services, Circulation, Restroom
1. Studio Apartment
3. Two Bedroom Apartment
2. One Bedroom Apartment
4. Foyer/ Meeting Area
1. Reception/ Information Centre
3. Core - Services, Circulation, Restroom
4. Meeting Area
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0 5m 10m
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FIRST FLOOR PLAN
1. Reception/ Information Centre
2. Convention/ Exhibition Space
5. Meeting Area
3. Events/ Seminar/ Gallery Space
2. Cafe/ Restauraunt
4. Core - Services, Circulation, Restroom
1. Studio Apartment
3. Two Bedroom Apartment
2. One Bedroom Apartment
4. Foyer/ Meeting Area
1. Reception/ Information Centre
3. Core - Services, Circulation, Restroom
4. Meeting Area
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SECOND FLOOR PLAN
A
A
1. Reception/ Information Centre
2. Convention/ Exhibition Space
5. Meeting Area
3. Events/ Seminar/ Gallery Space
2. Cafe/ Restauraunt
4. Core - Services, Circulation, Restroom
1. Studio Apartment
3. Two Bedroom Apartment
2. One Bedroom Apartment
4. Foyer/ Meeting Area
1. Reception/ Information Centre
3. Core - Services, Circulation, Restroom
4. Meeting Area
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Section A A
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THE DESIGN AIMS TO GIVE
DWELLERS THE EXPERIENCE OF
BEING INSIDE A CANYON
View of Antelop Canyon
3D print models - showing textural lines across the
facade
3D print models- exploration of negative space.
3D print models- massing study
3D print models- looking at spatial qualities
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In context
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Level one -Meeting area