Co Lab


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Colab is a small practice of two Directors.

"There are many buildings, but not much architecture."

Blair Paterson

Blair is a registered architect and graduate from the University of Auckland. He spent ten formative years in the Christchurch offices of Warren and Mahoney, followed by MAP, before co-founding CoLab.

"The most sophisticated building can be found in the simplest of forms"

Tobin Smith

Tobin is a creative designer with a wealth of experience in the building industry. He was a founding director of award-winning Form Architecture in 2005 and Tobin Smith design in 2010.

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Our Design Philosophy.

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Timeless Design.

Classic design is achieved through simplicity and strength of concept. In other words, a single idea executed beautifully with a dedication to the details.
A keen eye for proportion helps too.

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Honest Materials.

We like a minimal palette of natural, honest materials. Honest materials are like honest people: exactly what they appear to be, never otherwise. We favour timber, concrete, cork, steel and natural textiles.

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History & Context.

From the traditional New Zealand cottage, to the groundbreaking 1960s Christchurch modernist style, the best architecture is conscious of local climate (hunker down in Winter / open up in Summer) and the environment (scale and relationship to other buildings and the natural environment).

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By Appointment

CoLab Architecture Ltd
Level 1, 324 Barbadoes Street

P.O. Box 36532
Merivale Christchurch 8146
New Zealand.

Studio 03 379 3309

info@colabarch.co.nz

NZIA Registered Practice.

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Projects