• Supreme at Ellerslie

    Our concrete exhibition garden won three awards at the Ellerslie Flower show 2013, including a silver distinction, judges and supreme award for construction.

    The exhibition showcased a personal collection of second generation bonsai. The trees were displayed in a contemporary setting not traditionally associated with the art form. The display is a small representation of our ambition to establish a world-class public bonsai museum as part of the rebuild of the Christchurch CBD, where plants can be showcased, maintained and donated.

    The exhibition itself is a journey. The deliberately minimal palette of architectural materials along with non-traditional design and construction techniques have been specifically chosen to demonstrate the organic nature of the bonsai.

    Concrete was the perfect structural element for the architectural platforms because it could be shaped to a highly decorative standard while being engineered to last centuries like the bonsai. All of the concrete was poured in situ, with all the visible sides of the aggregate surface exposed.

    The path surface was finished with a texture roller to give a manufactured rather than hand-finished look. All the faces were then stripped and finished to match the surface.

    The Bonsai Museum was visited by thousands of people as part of the Ellerslie Flower Show and a huge amount of positive feedback was received. The fact that the concrete was poured onsite, in just 14 days and to such a high standard, was regarded by many as an extraordinary construction feat.

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  • Mitre 10 Dream Home

    Recently we were chosen as the official landscape design advisors for Mitre 10 Dream Home, where we had the opportunity to do the landscaping and concrete work for both black and orange teams.

    Our role as landscape design advisors has been to focus on the individual requirements of the contestant’s in order to best fit their properties.  With vastly different house designs and footprints, each property has presented its own spatial opportunities and challenges.  With this in mind our key design focus is always to maximise space with attention to layout coupled with the specification of quality products. This enables a comprehensive design that is uncompromised by one off expensive features.

    Decorative concrete has been chosen for both properties as the primary hard surface due to its long term durability, with hardwood decking providing highlights at various points linking the whole exterior the inside of both houses. Extra details such as feature plants, lighting, sandpits, climbing walls and special concrete textures were added to our design to maximise the effectiveness of the spaces.

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  • Finalist at Best

    Our exhibition garden at the Ellerslie International Flower Show has recently been selected as a finalist at this year Best Awards, in the category of exhibition installations and temporary structures. The Best Awards sees entries for a range of categories including graphic, interactive, product and spatial design, from a number of different companies around New Zealand.

    Coming away with a finalist in the first year entering has been great. We look forward to the final result, announced on the 11th of October.

    The exhibition showcased a personal collection of second generation bonsai. The trees were displayed in a contemporary setting not traditionally associated with the art form. The display is a small representation of our ambition to establish a world-class public bonsai museum as part of the rebuild of the Christchurch CBD, where plants can be showcased, maintained and donated.

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