Ravenscar House

Ravenscar House

Project Overview

Sector: Commercial
Location: New Zealand – South Island
Status: In Progress

Project Features

  • Contemporary house museum
  • 520 sqm, single storey facility
  • Gallery spaces (four) linked by glazed central terrace
  • 24 hour, seven days per week operation
  • Total temperature and humidity control
  • VAV system served by single AHU
  • Air cooled chiller and heat pump

Project Details

Benmax is pleased to be partnering with HRS Construction on the new contemporary house museum, Ravenscar House, located in central Christchurch. Designed as a grand residence, the building will be managed by the Canterbury Museum (when complete) and will display the Ravenscar Collections, one of New Zealand’s most important privately-owned art collections.

Built on a base-isolated platform, the 520 sqm single storey building comprises of four gallery spaces linked by a glazed central terrace and will display a range of paintings, artworks and objects. To ensure the items on display are not damaged and do not deteriorate, the buildings air conditioning systems will be required to operate 24 hours a day, seven days per week to maintain stable temperature and humidity levels, and to manage CO2 levels within gallery spaces in times of high occupancy.

Benmax is accustomed to delivering projects with strict temperature control requirements having successfully completed numerous gallery projects, both large scale constructions and refurbishments to existing gallery spaces, most notably at the National Gallery of Australia located in Canberra.

Groundwork on the project is underway with the Benmax team due to commence on site mid-2020. The museum is expected to be handed over to the client in early 2021.

Images courtesy of Patterson Associates and Canterbury Museum.

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