Practice Overview

Borrmeister Architects is an award-winning Christchurch based, hands-on, design-oriented practice driven by a consistent philosophical approach rather than a pre-determined style. Since its founding in 2005, Borrmeister Architects aim is to create precisely detailed buildings which are immediately connected to context and function, placing a high emphasis on environmental awareness, not only as a consideration but as a guiding principle in everything we have done and will continue to do.

We are always committed to creating environmentally-friendly buildings using natural and sustainable materials that are energy efficient. This commitment is based upon a solid foundation of design excellence, budget and programme control, and the achievement of the best value and architectural quality.

As architects and designers, we believe that high-quality design springs from dialogue with client, consultants, contractors and end-users. This dialogue ensures that best results are achieved through a synthesis of concept, beauty and functional integration. Our practice offers a full range of architectural services from conception to completion, covering everything from feasibility, appraisal, design, construction, documentation and planning to contract procurement and contract administration. Our extensive experience enables us to advise clients at the outset of the differing site and building options within the context of planning guidelines and development control constraints.

Borrmeister Architects offer a full range of architectural services in following fields:

- Residential
- Commercial
- Industrial
- Hospitality
- Communal
- Interior Design
- Master Planning
- Resource Consents
- Design Competitions

Our work ranges from new buildings to interventions within existing structures, additions and furniture design. Among recent projects, completed or still underway, are single houses, multi-unit developments, commercial developments, and a range of retail, hospitality, office and showroom fit-outs here in New Zealand and overseas.

Borrmeister Architects is a Practice Member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects and member of the Green Building Council of New Zealand. As such, the practice uses the standard NZIA Agreement of Architects Services Contract with our clients.

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Resources and Personnel

Since conception, our philosophy has been to run Borrmeister Architects as a studio, not as a cubicle culture. There are no cellular offices and no private enclaves. Communication in our industry is essential, and to this end, the open-plan studio environment is ideal. Our professional personnel are architects, including an NZGBC Greenstar Accredited Professional, assisted by experienced technical support staff.

We use ArchiCAD with BIM software packages where appropriate and also have advanced in-house 3D specialists. Equipment is regularly updated to produce project documentation in the most timely and cost-efficient way.

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For us, every commission is unique and special, and we encourage our clients to be involved throughout the design and construction process as this always brings about a more rewarding result.

Dedicated to design excellence, Borrmeister Architects strives to create architecture that integrates into the natural world thoughtfully and respectfully to achieve positive experiences and healthy environments both for our clients and future users of our buildings.

Hopefully, the visual information throughout this website demonstrates how we execute beautiful and timeless work that reflects the client's wishes and reveals the essence of the structure and place..

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