Krush Architecture

Making a mark

What started off as a one-man architectural design company back in 2009, now has a distinct presence in pockets across Christchurch.

Krush ArchitectureBuildings designed by Krush Architecture – the brainchild of Kelly Rush – exist in every corner of Canterbury. From Bootleg BBQ in Welles Street, to a wedding venue in Tai Tapu and a retail complex in Kaiapoi, Kelly has certainly made his mark on post-quake Christchurch.

Specialising in everything from alterations to high-end residential and commercial projects, all design work is done by Kelly himself.

A born and bred Cantabrian, Kelly has more than 15 years’ experience in the design industry beginning with his attendance at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (as it was known then), where he studied towards a National Diploma in Architectural Studies, all while holding down a full-time job at a construction company. Upon the completion of his studies he worked for a number of Canterbury-based architecture practices and design firms, before deciding the time was right for him to venture out on his own.

“For the first three years it was just me, with no employees but as I got busier, I needed staff,” Kelly says.

“And while we’re a small team we do contract work out also, because as word of mouth has got out we’ve become busier.”

Existing in Christchurch pre-quake, Kelly said the shift in the period following the devastating effects of February 2011 saw business go “ballistic”.

As the nature of the work has changed in the five years following the major earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011, so too has the look of the buildings popping up around the city.

While many people comment on the abundance of steel and concrete being used, Kelly explains that it is actually there for a reason.

“You do see a lot of steel and concrete, and glass too, but you’ve got to remember that we have to design things for post-quake Christchurch,” he says.

“People say, ‘oh it’s just another concrete box’ but it’s not so much an architectural trend as much as it’s a necessity. That is what the building code requires and it matches the construction techniques these days too.”

However, necessity aside, Kelly says personally he would like to see the addition of timber to the city’s new structures, in order to add some warmth.

“There are buildings going up, like The Chamber’s building, with timber on the front, it just softens the whole appearance of the building. And different shapes in a façade really make a difference too.”

Having just finished work on The Chamber’s new offices, and fresh off the back of awards season – Krush Architecture picked up a number of commendations at the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards – things show no sign of slowing down for Kelly, who is currently busy with projects of varying natures, from medical centres, to preschools and motel complexes.

What started off as a one-man architectural design company back in 2009, now has a distinct presence in pockets across Christchurch.

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