Oxford Apartments’ north-facing Oxford Terrace site fronts the Avon River as it bends through central Christchurch.
Most of the apartments within the development occupy an entire floor. The exceptions are the ground floor unit and the penthouse, both of which comprise two floors, with north-facing double-height voids as linking elements.
The form of the building is deliberately sculptural, with large cantilevered terraces and fold-over wall-roof forms casting strong shadows. The major elements of the structure are picked out in white, charcoal and silver. The street-level entry podium is faced in black stone. And the vertical stair tower is veiled by a 10-storey louvered screen over glass.
The interiors are spacious, with bespoke kitchens and bathrooms, and high quality finishes throughout.
The Oxford project makes extensive use of precast concrete panels and beams, craned into place, in lieu of blockwork and in situ concrete. Responding to a more onerous earthquake code, the structural rationale involves vertical concrete shear walls, radially dispersed around the floorplates, in preference to a frame solution.
A smaller building fronting the site's south boundary formed the first stage of the project, and contains a series of boutique inner city offices and retail tenancies.
The strongly sculptured form of the building is intensely modernist in style, reflecting the client’s intent and the expectations of the niche market of urban dwellers.
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