New Brand, New Name, New Location: Dalman Architects

With the relocation to the central Christchurch City, Dalman Architects also launched its new brand identity and name change (previously known as Dalman Architecture). The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Hon. Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch, and Richard Dalmon, managing director of the company.

The new office is located on the corner of Colombo and Peterborough Streets. Dalman added,”It has taken a long time to find the perfect place for us close to the CBS with room for our 23 staff, expansion potential, and on a ground floor with great natural light.”

The idea of the new studio originates from the ancient totara forests, symbolising the longevity and strength of 20 years in business. Designers have used timber battens with different widths and colours to represent the forest. The theme extends outside the office. The garden is decorated with sculptural forms of timber trunks, rocks and ferns in reminiscent of the forest floor.

The ‘Totara Room’ is placed in the centre of the office. The room is made of totara tongue and groove boards creating a space full of lines inside and out. This is in contrast with the slate-coloured tile floor in order to create a warm texture.

In the front entrance of the office, an exhibition space draws the attention of the passers-by with its architectural models and the totara sculptures given by Di Lucas.

Dalman Architects are specialist hotel architects and interior designers. They are currently responsible for various hotel projects across New Zealand, including the new 250 room Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Auckland.