We bring an award- winning skillset experienced in working with buildings of historical and cultural importance to ensure that the present and future generations can experience the expression of the past.
We work closely with Heritage specialists to preserve and celebrate historical craft, while enabling modern use so your building can be its true self and perform a useful purpose.
When an architect takes on the task of remediating heritage architecture, they are faced with the unique challenge of preserving the historical significance of the building while ensuring that it is functional and safe for modern use. This process requires a deep understanding of the building's original design, construction techniques, and materials.
The first step in the process is to conduct a thorough assessment of the building's current condition, identifying any areas that require repairs or upgrades. This may involve working with historical documentation, conducting on-site inspections, and consulting with experts in fields such as engineering, materials science, and conservation.
Once the assessment is complete, we can begin to develop a remediation plan that takes into account both the historical significance of the building and the practical requirements of modern use. This may involve adapting the building's design to meet modern building codes, while still preserving key architectural features and materials.
Throughout the process, the we also work closely with stakeholders such as government agencies, community groups, and preservation societies to ensure that the remediation project is respectful of the building's historical significance and aligns with broader community goals.
Overall, remediation of heritage architecture requires a delicate balance between preserving the past and embracing the future. With a deep understanding of both history and modern building practices, an architect can help breathe new life into a building while preserving its legacy for generations to come.
Dunedin, New Zealand
The Dunedin Law Courts building is over 100 years old and holds a Category 1 Heritage listing for the entire building while sitting on an archaeological significant landscape. Following the Canterbury earthquakes, the Ministry of Justice carried out seismic assessments of its court buildings and discovered a significant structural issue with one of their oldest buildings.
Originally established in 1841, formerly known as the Supreme Court (1980) this project involved the full refurbishment of the Auckland High Court, in three stages.
Over the centuries, this Court building has grown and expanded to accommodate contemporary requirements of New Zealand’s judicial system. It is located in a quiet fringe of Auckland Central, sitting between Auckland CBD, the University of Auckland, and various green spaces.
Auckland, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Constructed in 1928, the building façade features Sydney Sandstone, terra cotta, and granite attached to a concrete-encased steel frame. MP Building is one of Wellington’s most significant heritage buildings, listed with both the NZHPT and the Wellington City Council.
The CO-STUDIO team have been involved in a number of projects to preserve and enhance this building.