Wharf Renders

Hey, so a couple of months ago I was working on some designs for a small little travel type building on Auckland’s Waterfront (see Concepts blog) Here are some of the final renders for that design. Enjoy, comment and let me know what you think.ImageImageImage


Hey, so recently I’ve been working on some conceptual design drawings for a project I’m working on down at Auckland’s Waterfront. I wont go too far into detail into the project as (as you’ll be able to tell by the sketches) its not very much developed itself.

My concept all relates to Auckland’s relationship to water and paying special attention the the waters edge at this stage.

More info coming but for now just playing around with some sketchy fun drawings.

Looking into water connections

Possible foot traffic journey’s to the building.

Bit of mixed media sketching.. always fun.

Playing with the idea of semi temporary structures. revolving around the ability to be opened closed depending on different situations.

Again playingwith mixed media. sketching possible shelter based architecture.

I think the main thing with conceptual drawing is to have fun. Its really your last chance to explore before getting into the nitty gritty technical drawings.

Italia 2011

So I thought since I haven’t got any studio or uni drawings on the go at the moment due to the sweet sweet holiday break,- which I find myself filling the days reading nonsense architectural  philosophy books  for a paper I have to write soon…- I would post up some renders and drawings from my trip to Italy last year where we spent some time doing a specific social housing brief , designing in and around travelling throughout what could possibly one of the most beautiful countries on Earth!

Me and two other Kiwi Lads spent about an hour and a half sitting in front of  Michelangelo’s “David” in absolute awe of this beautiful sculpture! As a big lover of art, and the Italian Renaissance in particular, I was blown away to be in the same room as this and can absolutely recommend the 7am wake up and hours wait in line to see this masterpiece of Italian sculpture!

One of the renders we did for the studio project. We designed a social housing complex that linked communities together, and this is a shot of a central courtyard we incorporated as an exterior social space for people within the community to gather and socialize in

The idea of bringing people together and really put emphasis on the social aspect of this complex became a real driver in the design process. The idea was to have linking bridges between buildings allowing people to move around the different buildings, not only allowing better access to the activity spaces each building had (such as gyms, libraries etc) but also acts as a social cultural activity among the residents, as they walk along the bridges (even to certain elevators located on every second building, -as stairs are the common in buildings such as these in Europe- ) they can meet and share events of the day with other residents further driving the social factor of the complex.

All apartments allowed for natural light in all living spaces and bedrooms, a vital design requirements that Auckland apartments seem to somehow get away without! I’d live here… I’m slightly bias ofcourse.


I do have more sketches of buildings and locations from Italy and Florence in particular (the city I was predominately based in) but due to scanning problems they’ll have to be uploaded at a further date, apologies.


Studio vs Arch Tech

Ok so, all Archi students out there know the diff between a Studio Presentation drawing and a Technical one.. but for those of you that dont, basically architecture students will do two seperate sets of drawings,

1- Studio style- Presented nice, rendered to the highest quality, photoshoped, cropped, contextualized… completely obsessed about really!!   and

2- Technical style- Usually black and white. Includes all the structure, services, generally for builders and council folk to see how it will be built. aka boring stuff really.

These two styles are about as different as Red and Blue.. But my question comes as what if they were one in the same……?

Hard to make a Services Schematic drawing look good, but the basic elements in this one explain what they need to but bring in the desperate need for colour, which all presentation drawings need to stop us instantly switching off and falling asleep whilst reading them.

Roof Garden Detail I designed for a studio Project of mine last year.

Balcony Detail- Showing Colour/Materials/Textures as well as the structrual detailing

Long Section drawing- this drawing lends a little more towards the Studio style but if you look carefully the expressed beams and columns reveal its technical requirements. I wanted to get a quite graphic feel to this drawing hence the resistance of bold colour and the slighly more saturated subtle presentation.

Cross sections are difficult to punch up as drawings, they tend to become flat and therefore less dramatic. It took me some time but im really happy with the way this drawing came out. And hey count the double tee flooring system!!!



Architectural Technology

Architectural Technolgy…. you know slaving away at drawings for hours.. no stratch that DAYS at a time can be hard enough without having to include the structural and engineering detailing required in Architecture Technology papers.. These are some hand drawn examples of work done for two new buildings in Aucklands CBD.

The two buildings are Q theatre on Queen street, and ASB’s new Office Headquarters at Winyard Quater.


Drawings of the Exterior cladding system and how it relates to the interior of the building.


Balustrade Detail- Q theatre

This is a service engineer drawing I did to show the Heating and Cooling methods for the new ASB Building.

Structural Axonometric Drawing- Q above. ASB below

Detail of the Public Canopy outside ASB

Diagramatic Drawing showing the location of Vertical Services in the building

Typical Wall Panel design- ASB


Many Pencils were harmed during the making of these drawings…. long may they rest.

R.I.P 2H…