Barrett - Architect - Saint Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand

Matt Barrett

Saint Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand


I work within a creatively led multidisciplinary design studio based in Christchurch, a small office that better meets the demands of each client in terms of creativity, flexibility, spontaneity and general face slapping ability. I am not a businessmen or bored trust funder. I'm an ugly mutt who wouldn't look out of place behind bars or begging for change in the gutter. An unholy melding of metal, denim, leather, spandex and booze. But most of all, I am a designer. It's in my blood. It's why I spend every spare minute mulling over drawings and tweaking plans. It's why I said no to pin-stripe suits, driving expensive cars, and mortgages for suburban tract homes. I just want to create intelligent solutions for the clients needs and wants. It's why I do what I do. And everything I do, I do with a passion for architecture. I do this cause I love it. I do this cause it's who I am. Hell if I could rip my heart out and package it with each project I would. I sold my soul to rock n roll but we gave my heart & mind to architecture..........




Architectual wizard


293 Manchester Street

4 level commercial building.
While satisfying the various demands of nature and society , this building has been defined as a “harmonious form” and its realization did arise as an “autonomous figure ” extremely clear and simple, that does not feel like the complex conditions in the background of its construction

111 Riccarton Road

111 Riccarton Road forms the edge of the busy and vibrant shopping precinct of Riccarton; the development is a carefully curated stand of six functionally adaptable rental units that contain loft spaces that can oscillate between primarily retail and commercial space. The project formally employs a simple gesture of breaking the bulk of the building by splitting it into distinct forms to not only lessen the impact of its physicality but to allow it to respond to its urban condition at the intersection of a major commercial/retail arterial, as well as to articulate the simple volumes for more specific uses.
Constructed with a rudimentary kit of parts, has at its core the idea that elemental simplicity allows for complexity: in use and interpretation. A basic massing strategy can articulate simple forms into a more diverse programmatic assembly, and a reduced structural approach and programmatic efficiency can provide the required flexibility inherent in true hybrid space.
As a rental retail/commercial development, the units need the ability to adapt to their intended use for each renter over the life of the project. By using concrete panel construction with abundant amounts of glazing to achieve the opposing requirements of privacy and natural light, loft-like durable spaces were created at minimal cost. Support and service components were consolidated and arranged out of sight. The resulting programming and tectonic elements makes units that are open and adaptable yet...

Onuku Marae

Marae on the outskirts of Akaroa

47 Riccarton Road

Conceptual design for commercial development down Riccarton Road, Chirstchurch

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