The Methodist Church of New Zealand
Following the Canterbury earthquakes, the Christchurch North Methodist Parish wanted to express elements of who they are and their Christian mission in the rebuild of their new
Arrow responded by designing and building a facility that expresses the essence of being a church, open and transparent, inviting, practical and versatile.
The facility includes a Worship Hall and Communal Centre organised around a central foyer which creates a transparent link to the rear deck and garden area.
Arrow was the Main Contractor on this project.
The Communal end of the building includes a large kitchen, multi use space with sprung timber sports floor, and a large dividable meeting room with adjacent courtyard – all of which is available for hire.
The Worship Hall and Foyer feature Kauri wall trims and timber ceiling battens, to create a high quality finish that exudes warmth and character.
Light weight building products have been utilised throughout the building as part of the design requirement. Where possible products have been selected for ease of future maintenance, one prime example of this being the specification of the StoPoren Plaster system with Sto Lutesan render.
A key objective of the new church was to provide a warm and comfortable experience for elderly parish members. Due to the aesthetic design of the new church and their underlying brief, a three zone hydronic under floor heating system has been installed in the worship and foyer areas of the church. This premium heating solution utilises a thin 50mm cement screed topping to enable a very fast response time when heating is required.
NZ Property Council Awards 2016 Excellence Award – Special Purpose Category
Canterbury NZIA Awards 2017 Winner – Public Architecture Category
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