An exciting opportunity has developed which sees Forge Design Studio’s first overseas project. Working closely with Grant Murray of the local engineering practice Grant Murray Associates, Forge Design Studio have developed concept designs for the redevelopment of the Church site in the Mount Eden district of Auckland. The church is an extremely vibrant and popular community organization, which serves a wide congregation. Located in several building across a steeply sloping site, the main church is a concrete frame that has been assessed as falling well short of the required earthquake resistance code.
Connectivity, access and flexibility have been identified as major shortcomings within the current arrangement on site. The design concept establishes a simple and efficient response to some complex problems with a publicly accessible cloister, which provides and open and welcoming connection to the three major spaces.
The proposals are under consideration by the Church Premises and Estate Sub-committee and a project planning and procurement strategy is being developed.