New Zealand Architectural Awards 2018 Mt Pleasant HouseOne of the positive things to result from the earthquakes. This Mount Pleasant house is a confident rebuild that squeezes the potential from a tricky hillside corner site. The outside is textured black cedar and steel, but once through the front door, the house is light, free and airy in response to the site, expansive views to both sea and valley are framed and focused, and sunlight, bright and dappled is admitted to all rooms, the wind is tamed by well-connected courtyards. The social program gives teenagers some independence, while offering plenty of family gathering and private spaces.
Digital FusionAs a result of the February earthquake, our software development company was turned on its ear. We were evicted from our offices in the CBD and were surprised to realise that working from separate locations was not as easy as we thought it would be.
Wulf, director of Borrmeister Architects was a saviour. He was proactive in our search for new office space and thanks to him we were successful in finding new premises relatively quickly – but there was a lot of work to do. The space we were about to occupy was last used as a physio clinic and was in dire need of a face-lift.
Borrmeister Architects stepped up the plate, Wulf listened to our requirements and the way we liked to work then put together a plan of attack. He organised the office fit-out company, liaised with the landlord and project managed the entire process. Everything went smoothly – hard to believe given the turmoil that Christchurch was in – but we were thrilled.
Wulf has fantastic taste and was able to couple our needs with his vision of a modern and exciting work space. He is creative, and able to draw on that creativity to be innovative when considering the practical aspects of an office environment. We trusted his advice, and were glad we did. The result is stunning.
As testament to our great experience, I have engaged his services on a personal level to design the family home we are about to build.
If you would like to discuss any of the above, please feel free to contact me on the following number: 03 377 3797.
Julie McCloud- Operations Manager
Kidsfirst KindergartenKidsfirst Kindergartens (the Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association) has had the pleasure of working with Wulf Borrmeister of Borrmeister Architects Ltd on two projects since 2009.
Both these projects involved renovations to the interiors of two of our kindergartens – Mt Pleasant in 2009 and Rutland Street, which is currently in progress – and included solar powered hot water systems, new kitchens and storage areas.
For both those projects, we found Wulf to always be professional and understanding of our needs as an early childhood education provider and the sometimes specialised licensing criteria we have to adhere to. He worked proficiently with the Council to provide all our building consents and other necessary documentation for each of the projects.
Wulf also worked to timeframes with no problems and we had no difficulties with work not being completed on time. He was always communicative and helpful – especially for our kindergarten teachers who are not used to dealing with the technicalities of Councils.
Overall, we found Wulf to be easy to work with and had no question about the quality of the design work he did for us. For any building work being carried out at any of our kindergartens in the future, I hope to use Mr Borrmeister's services again.
If you wish to discuss our work with Wulf in any more detail then please feel free to contact me at Rebecca.Nicholson@kidsfirst.org.nz or phone 03 338 1303.
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Harbour Arts CollectiveWulf Borrmeister of Borrmeister Architects responded in August 2011 to a request for support in the development of architectural plans and concept drawings for the proposed Donald Street Arts Precinct in Lyttelton, a community project being developed as part of the revitalisation of the township following the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
Wulf offered his services pro bono the Harbour Arts Collective, as small but passionate group of Lyttelton and Harbour Basin artists, performers, and arts supporters.
I met with Wulf on several occasions to discuss the vision for the proposed arts complex in the Lyttelton Township. This included Wulf travelling out to the site to look at the land, take photos, and look at the neighbouring buildings that will remain in the area.
A critical time for the Harbour Arts Collective came in December 2011 when submissions were sought to support initiatives in the Christchurch City Council's Draft Master Plan for the redevelopment of the Lyttelton Township and community.
Wulf was able to provide the Harbour Arts Collective with a detailed floor plan' for the arts precinct, and a concept drawing of new and existing structures on the site. Wulf utilised information we gained from the community and made alterations as the Harbour Arts Collective committee reviewed initial plans and drawings. Wulf's plans and drawings were included with the Collective's submission to the Christchurch City Council.
The Harbour Arts Collective's proposal for the development of the Donalds Street Arts Precinct has gained wide-spread community support and attracted national media coverage. Wulf's contribution to this project has been vital in getting us to the point that the arts precinct is being considered as essential in the revitalisation of Lyttelton.
At all times we found Wulf to be highly professional in the service that he provided us, giving us time and constructive advice in the development of this important community project. He always responded promptly to emails and phone calls throughout the consultation and delivery process.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Wulf as a highly skilled and professional architect and we are looking forward to working with him in the future. Please contact me if you need further information.
Trent Hiles - Harbour Arts CollectiveBack to top
Sandy Bay Holiday Homes LimitedWe had the pleasure of working with Wulf Borrmeister on a holiday home project involving town houses for our company in the Tasman area in 2009. From concept through design to delivered plans, we found Wulf and Borrmeister Architects professional, informative, imaginative and fabulous to work with.
Wulf designed compact houses for us with great use of space, sun, view, storage and all round liveability. Scale models produced early in the process were invaluable.Throughout the design process Wulf worked to deadlines and fee budgets. We are extremely happy with the finished houses and thoroughly recommend Wulf and Borrmiester Architects.
If you wish to discuss our work with Wulf in any more detail then please feel free to contact us on phone 03 356 1886.
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New Zealand Architectural Awards 2013 Marlborough HouseA carefully considered cluster of small building forms and their associated courtyards in a rural context completes stage 2 of a project which began with a small weekend retreat some eight years ago. The house is a good example of how a relatively small footprint can be made to feel big and interesting through clarity of relationships between inside and out. Calm, no fuss, relaxed spaces have created a very comfortable house. A simple palette of natural materials and sensitive landscaping gently locate this grouping within the surrounding Marlborough vineyards.Back to top
Kaiteriteri HousesI am absolutely thrilled with our bach... it is simply amazing. I really thought it was going to be quite bach-like (unsubstantial) but instead it's an architectural statement and it blends in beautifully with the surroundings. Everyone comments about how clever you have been arranging the houses on the section to access the view. I particularly love the west side of the building ( the entrance side).
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