"…excellent portal to and from the regional airports of New Zealand"
Jury Citation, 2013 NZIA Canterbury Commercial Award

Air New Zealand Regional Lounge Christchurch

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BVN in association with Jasmax
Christchurch Airport, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
October 2009 - February 2013
Full Architectural Services

5,095m² GFA


Creating a memorable regional airport hub that reflects the distinctive native landscape.
The Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport functions as the hub for regional air travel in New Zealand. It is co-located with the Christchurch International Terminal, providing a facility to link domestic and international flights with South Island regional flights.
The terminal is designed as an emblematic New Zealand facility expressing abstracted natural forms of the New Zealand landscape; such as the folded form of the ceiling which reflects the Southern Alps and the large timber truss, inspired by the timber trussed bridges of the South Island.
The external form of the building is deliberately neutral on the land-side to contrast with the understated interior. The air-side is designed as an abstracted wing which sits in affinity with the prop jet aesthetic of the regional aircraft fleet.
Functionally, the truss provides a dedicated access pathway for goods transfer from the ground level loading dock to the upper level of the domestic terminal and international retail areas.
The arrival and departure passenger flows are separated by a cafe and an Air New Zealand “Koru-express”. Escalators link transit passengers to and from the regional and international terminals. The external concrete arch identifies the primary pedestrian entry into the terminal.




TDA NZ Interior Innovation High Commendation
IDEA International Award
NZIA Architecture Award - Interior Architecture
NZIA Architecture Award - Commercial Architecture
NZIA Canterbury Architecture Award - Interior Architecture
NZIA Canterbury Architecture Award - Commercial Architecture
Shortlisted International Aviation Award


  • Creating a regionally distinctive airport by expressing the Canterbury landscape in the building design; ceiling form reflects the Southern Alps, organic forms of the café and bespoke seating reflect the coastline and timber truss expresses the South Island’s many timber trussed bridges
  • Concrete arch, steel shroud doors located within the large concrete portal and the concrete wall enclosing the service dock visually delineate the regional terminal from the other functional areas of the airport
  • The truss functions as a goods delivery pathway
  • Passenger flows separated by café and Koru-express club, with easy connectivity between terminals


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