213 Lichfield Street Opening

Last night, a stunning new Christchurch building was officially opened. Architecturally designed by Beca, the bespoke perforated aluminium façade depicts the original Christchurch City Plan from 1874 and blends out to an abstract interpretation of the braided rivers that flow through the Canterbury Plains and forests.

The building belongs to Christchurch-based company Corbel Construction. Built to accommodate their expanding operation, the building comprises of two stories of office space of 600sm2, with a 500m2 joinery factory to the rear of the site of and 16 car parks.

Graham Crust, Beca Principal Architects says "When concepting the design of the façade, we referenced the clients business activity and based the design on a module recognisable to most people working in the construction industry – a Metric panel size of 1200mm x 2400mm."

"The building maximises natural light. Skylights provide additional light to the first floor offices and to an internal garden from where a feature stair rises. The south-facing staff breakout area captures views of the surrounding area with the Port Hills providing a dramatic backdrop.

"The palette of materials includes precast panels with board markings, external cedar cladding, internal American White Oak and perforated aluminium panels over an ironsand painted Titan board rain-screen.

"I'd personally like to thank Corbel Construction for selecting us as their architects for the project, as well as James Pearse and Beca's architectural team."

The building was officially opened by Lianne Dalziel (Mayor of Christchurch) on Wednesday 8 April 2014.


  • Architecture: Beca
  • Structural Engineering: Engco
  • Construction: Corbel Construction
  • Fire Engineering: Beca
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