Bus Interchange recognised at Interior Awards

After receiving an NZIA Canterbury Architecture Award earlier this year, the Christchurch Bus Interchange has been selected as the winner at the 2016 New Zealand ‘Interior’ Awards – Civic Category.

“A strong attention to the civic nature of the programme is expressed through the ‘porous’ design of this bus interchange: the interior is well connected to the space of the street via continuity of materials and multiple entry points. Likewise, the exposed roof structure (which also informs both exterior and interior) pays homage to transportation buildings from the 19th-century neo-gothic era, which is appropriate given the city’s Victorian origins. The variety of waiting spaces and attention to their detailed design is testament to the architect’s desire to provide comfort and sociability to the users of the building. Spatial design and technology are well coordinated to keep the space of the passengers visually connected but environmentally separated from the buses. Light plays on the layered material palette in different ways throughout the day and the bespoke furniture provides varied spaces for the public to congregate. This project is an impressive and meticulously devised space, full of clever and often invisible design solutions that work well for the people it is meant to serve.”

Interior Awards Jury Citation 2016

Photographs: Simon Devitt