PROJECT: 213 Lichfield Street - Corbel Head Office building incl. joinery factory
CUSTOMER: Corbel Construction
PARTNER: BECA Architects/ENGCO Engineering
The project involved the construction of a two-storey office building and a full height warehouse for Corbel’s in-house joinery factory.
The building’s exterior is clad with perforated aluminium façade panels depicting the original Christchurch City Plan from 1874. The panel design blends out to an abstract interpretation of the braided rivers that flow through the Canterbury Plains and forests.
The warehouse was set to the rear of the site, providing a workshop and drive-through access which is connected to both floors of the office building. The design included the warehouse and office as two separate structures with a seismic break between them.
This project highlights the skills of Corbel’s joinery and carpentry staff with fit out work including oak panelling, a feature staircase and oversized “hidden doors”, more reminiscent of an architectural home than a commercial office.
The project was a resounding success with positive feedback from staff and excitement generated by the wider community. Most importantly, the new building provides an opportunity to show Corbel’s commitment to Christchurch and demonstrate what the rebuild is able to produce.
The feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive and the building has won accolades for its innovative design, distinctive exterior cladding and, perhaps more importantly, its functionality.