NZ Loan and Mercantile : Concept and master plan by architect Paul Ries

Letting the building “tell its story”, involves retaining and keeping exposed as many historic features as possible.

### ODT Online Wed, 4 May 2016
Redevelopment revised (+ video)
By Vaughan Elder
Owner Russell Lund’s previous plans to redevelop the three-storey 143-year-old heritage warehouse building in Thomas Burns St involved building 24 long-term apartments on the top floor, but he told the Otago Daily Times yesterday he had changed tack. He has brought over United States architect and friend Paul Ries, who has drawn up ambitious plans to convert the two top floors into more than 50 short-stay apartments, with the ground floor used as a commercial space.
Read more + Gallery

Otago Daily Times Published on May 3, 2016
Dunedin Loan and Mercantile building

LM Building - site plan
█ Site Plan and Images: Paul Ries | Supplied by Russell Lund

LM Building - south exterior elevationLM Building - lateral sectionLM Building - tracery promenade and coffee shopLM Building - brew pub and restaurant

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

R Lund & P Ries 1Building Owner | Architect


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9 responses to “NZ Loan and Mercantile : Concept and master plan by architect Paul Ries

  1. Hype O'Thermia

    He sounds like the perfect man for the job, very attractive-sized ego not going to impose itself all over the building.

  2. alanbec

    The Merc, Oamaru, used to do a great
    Ploughperson’s. This post is in Jafa Code. We built White City on Rock and Rock.

    • Elizabeth

      The DMerc’s building owner, friend architect and co only very recently rolled into OMerc – loved it. Architect friend of mine (formerly based at Dunedin) did OMerc’s interior fitout.

      • alanbec

        Out of sociocultural interest, it would be interesting to know your cohort opinion of Ayn Rand. She had a fictional take on unfettered creative individualism, framed in her novel, ‘The Fountainhead’. 1948. It resonates even now, challenging and disturbing, a rightwing paen. Her premise is that entrepreneurial architects are godlike beings, held back by the masses; the masses are represented by City Hall. Yes, City Hall. The skyscraper in the Fountainhead is dicky.

  3. Ro

    The Romantic idea of the artist (or architect) rehashed by Rand drove Modernism as well. Belief in it overturned the belief that artists belonged to traditions whose rules were of more universal value than the ego of the artist. I’m with tradition myself particularly for architecture where mistakes can’t be buried.

    • alanbec

      So, did the Bauhaus inform the Brutalists, meaning Warren and Mahoney? What of the Pipe flats, Hataitai. Not by Pipe, cylindrical.

  4. Elizabeth

    (Literally) We learn not to fear errors and mistakes as part of the creative process, they are opportunities to become ourselves, in architectural rigour.

    Fri, 6 May 2016 at 8:52 a.m.

    Loren Abraham Published on Oct 24, 2013
    Fountainhead scene 1 – Expelled!
    This material originally aired on on the Turner Classic Movie Channel and can be purchased on DVD here.
    This clip is intended for educational use only and non-infringement of the copyrighted material is claimed under the doctrine of “fair use”, under which certain uses of copyrighted material for criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research may be considered fair.

  5. Elizabeth

    Industrial Heritage | Style(d)-Storytelling

    GwenStefaniVEVO Published on May 31, 2016
    Gwen Stefani – Misery
    Misery is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani, taken from her third studio album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like.
    The video directed by longtime collaborator Sophie Muller was filmed at an abandoned warehouse and parking garage with varying locations at a loft space, a staircase, and a hydraulic elevator.
    The video has received highly favorable reviews from music critics. Seija Rankin of E! Online stated “Contrary to the song’s title, this tune and the corresponding video is not actually miserable at all; it’s quite upbeat.” Madison Vain for Entertainment Weekly applauded the visual, calling it “gorgeous” and a “high-fashion affair”. Matthew Scott Donnelly, writing for Pop Crush, applauded it for “turn[ing] a parking garage into [an] artist’s oasis”; he also appreciated the video’s “cool, sexy edge”. Nate Scott from the USA Today acclaimed the video: “Good lord, this video. Who is the art director? Come take my life over and make everything this beautiful.” Wikipedia

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