F3 Design work reflects a combination of architectural knowledge, practical building experience, and a passion for simple, beautifully designed structures.
SiloStay is a a serviced apartment complex located in the heart of Little River, Banks Peninsula. Take a walk around the complex, or through a Silo.
F3 Design saw this project through from concept to completion, winning the National ADNZ award for Commercial Interior in 2014.
SiloStay has eight single units and an accessible/family unit. Each two storey silo is designed to maximise use of space and a sense of privacy for the guests.
The unique interior design features make SiloStay both comfortable and stylish. There is a glazed roof light allowing a glimpse of the night sky while relaxing in bed. The shower is accommodated beside the queen size bed upstairs with clever recycling of hot water to heat the towels.
The SiloStay Complex also has a custom designed energy silo with glazed panels to house the energy unit. This energy unit houses a gravity fed wood pellet boiler to heat the complex.
F3 Design, along with SiloStay founder, Stuart Wright-Stow, have developed drawings for future silo complexes. If there is a want for replica Silo units, F3 will work with the client to create an exciting outcome to suit anyone's needs.
Stuart Wright-Stow was interviewed by Country Life presenter, Cosmo Kentish-Barnes, on Radio New Zealand National, about the SiloStay project.
ArtBox was constructed with the Boxus system - a modular building concept designed by F3 Design to meet a need for temporary, mobile structures in the post-earthquake environment in Christchurch.
The Boxus system allows for a stable structure that can be used with minimal foundations and repurposed for permanent dwellings (see Lyttelton Landing). The Boxus building system is flexible, adaptable and sustainable.
Initially located on the corner of Madras and St Asaph Streets, and currently re-located across Madras to the ARA institutes campus, ArtBox is made from a cluster of 2.9 metre cube Boxus modules and was set up by ARA (CPIT) as a short-term (five years) precinct designed to 'seed a return of arts to the central city'. The original site is now home to the ever-evolving Boxed Quater. A mixed-use laneways development housing cafe's, studios, hair dressers and more, and built with the Boxus system.
F3 Design's ArtBox and BeatBox projects feature as part of a documentary for the Future Christchurch - Imagine (10.05 min)
Lyttelton Landing was constructed as a prototype residential home for F3 Design's Pippin Wright-Stow. This family home makes use of the strength of the Boxus building system to perch high on a hill above Lyttelton Harbour, Banks Peninsula. At 66m2, Lyttelton Landing is an example of how intelligent design can create high quality, small living spaces.
With all the structural support being within the steel frames of the Boxus modules, the walls have no bracing and therefore allow ease of renovation, change or replacement should there be future earthquakes or the need to extend the house.
"A total of eight Boxus modules make up the 66 square metre house, sitting two deep and protruding towards the harbour. The new house boasts a tiny footprint, yet at the same time projects a sense of openness via the expansive windows. The walls are lined with timber, which provides both warmth and texture to balance the industrial feel of the steel frames and concrete floor."
As featured in the book Rebuilt by Lucinda Diack, Your Home and Garden and Homes to Love.
Due to the Canterbury earthquakes, the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) needed major strengthening and repairs, which became an exciting opportunity for refurbishment and alterations. F3 Design managed all aspects of this work, working in close collaboration with builders and the trust over 3 years.
CoCA is a Canterbury icon, being one of the largest private gallery in New Zealand. This example of brutalist architecture has been lovingly restored by F3 Design with attention to clean lines, details that honour it's modernist style, and prominence of materials such as raw concrete
This Okuti Valley renovation extended and redesigned a family home. The centre of the house is cosy and contained, with a sense of history in it's materials; such as the patina of the original brick fire-surround and the rusty steel beams.
As you move away from the centre, the house opens to it's environment, through the use of soaring roof-lines with glass and galvanised steel.
The glass canopy extends the living area to the outside. It harnesses solar gain in the winter and protects from overheating in the summer. The canopy is an example of the use of commercial construction techniques for ease of assembly in this rural setting. Other examples of this method of construction are bolt-together steel portals and the craned-in pre-stressed concrete deck and step panels.
The building has wool insulation, rain water harvesting and under-floor heating from a large wetback and solar panels. The on-site grey water treatment utilises bark filled baskets and terraced reed beds and a series of interlinking ponds are used for sediment control and wild life preservation.
F3 Design love the challenge of meeting a client's individual needs. This can at times call for custom fit-outs and one of kind designs that is both practical, attractive and reflects strongly the client's style.
This custom design can be seen in the following projects:
Underground Coffee Colombo Kiosk: A custom fit-out for Underground's Kiosk at The Colombo using raw steel and recycled Rimu. F3 reconditioned a second hand bench unit and constructed a wall unit. Maximising space and creating visual brand touchpoint within a food court were key elements to this project.
F3 Design Furniture: Quality, NZ Made custom furniture that is stylish and functional.
Café Lumes Outdoor Seating: F3 Design created an outdoor seating area within the carpark of Café Lumes on Fitzgerald Avenue that added more seating space for the café under the shade of the trees outside.
Dance-O-Mat: F3 Design designed the hugely popular "Dance-o-Mat" for Gapfiller in Christchurch.
The Reading Room: A temporary street furniture project for the Christchurch City Council which involved large astroturf couches.