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Merivale, Christchurch

For Sale

Concept by Case Ornsby
Documentation by James Morgan

Floor Plans
HO1  HO2  HO3  HO4
HO5  HO6  HO7  HO8
Landscape Plans

8 Luxury Townhomes
3 - 4 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
Double Garages

Timeless elegance

Words Claire Chapman (Home Magazine)
Images Rick Bennetts (RS Studio)

Bridging the divide between park and urban streetscape, designHOME_Merivale comprises eight luxuriously appointed dwellings bordering Hagley Park in central Christchurch.

Drawing on the tranquillity of the natural setting – this is refined living that effortlessly brings together traditional references with a refreshing modernity.

Internationalist luxury

This exclusive enclave of contemporary penthouses at ground level is a distinctive foray into contemporary urbanism in Christchurch.

Arranged in two rows and connected by a private central laneway, designHOME_Merivale is an articulation of elegant architectural moves – weaving together elements of modernism and cuboid references, and offering a subtle nod to the Victorian terraces of Melbourne.

“We set out to create a series of dwellings where textural interplays meet an aesthetic defined by moments of dark bronze and the charcoal tones of Roman-styled clinker brick,” architect Case Ornsby says.

The dark, moody exterior material palette creates a recessive form against the greenery of the park. Dappled light articulates the facade’s textural elements, while bespoke steel screens on the upper level provide an extra layer of textural identity.
While the residences maintain traditional residential proportions within the wider streetscape, materiality and form allude to something entirely new.

Borrowed landscapes

Bordering Hagley Park, the verdant greenery of the vast public space is framed from the upper levels, while elegant planting creates an organic transition between park and garden. Cascading greenery trails from planters formed into deep set window frames on the upper storey; immaculately landscaped gardens incorporate sheltered alfresco cooking and dining areas and strong connections to the natural environment – both immediate and within the wider context.

Refined simplicity

Drawing on a natural material palette, the interior design is centred on a sense of luxurious minimalism. Elegantly scaled, the interior spaces are light-filled and decadent with a palette of Italian stone, timber and metallic accents.

“The intention of the interior architecture is to draw on the external references and weave these inside into a palette that creates a subtle, contemporary allure,” Case says.

High ceilings and vast glazing meet a juxtaposition of material and tone; dark accents focus the gaze while natural fibres provide an intimate layering of textural elements.
Floor-to-ceiling stone tiles provide the backdrop to bathrooms of refined simplicity. Timeless details are encapsulated in gently curved vanities, while brushed bronze tapware and fittings echo the external materiality.

Poliform kitchens introduce Italian craftsmanship and perfectly harmonious design details to the heart of each dwelling. Options for interior lifts allow the double-storey homes to function as single-storey dwellings.

Merivale’s urban heart

designHOME_Merivale is as internationalist as it is unequivocally local.

Central to amenity and the city centre, this architectural enclave unveils itself in the vernacular of places a world away, taking its occupants on a journey.

Selected Finishes and Fittings

Drawing on a natural material palette, the interior design is centred on a sense of luxurious minimalism. Interior spaces are light-filled and decadent with a palette of Italian stone, timber and metallic accents, and New Zealand wool carpet. Whilst the exterior aesthetic is defined by moments of dark bronze and the charcoal tones of Roman-styled clinker brick.


Charcoal Roman Bricks


Bronze Metallic Tray


Black Stained Cedar


Black JH ExoTec

Window Screens

Metallic Black


Lithium Concrete


Exposed Aggregate



Walls, Ceilings & Doors

Resene Quarter Spanish White

Feature Walls

Bitter Chocolate

Floor Coverings

Italian Tiles

Floor Coverings

Sallee NZ Wool Carpets


Italian Tiles

Kitchen Joinery

Smoke Oak

Kitchen Joinery

Poliform STM Champagne

Kitchen Joinery

Poliform Bianco

Kitchen Benchtops

Neolith Calacatta Silk (12mm)

Kitchen Benchtops

Corian Cameo White (12mm)


Dark Oak


Oyster Linea

dH_Merivale homes include kitchens from world leading Italian kitchen manufacturer Poliform. The Poliform kitchen is the sensorial space par excellence, where rationality and emotion meet, and function and aesthetics are in perfect harmony. All Poliform kitchens are designed to put the focus on people and their needs.

dH_Merivale homes incorporate Miele kitchen appliances into their designer Poliform kitchens. Miele is a global premium brand for household and commercial appliances with the very highest quality standards.

designHOME has selected Hansgrohe bathroom dresswear throughout dH_Merivale. Crafted in Germany with meticulous attention to detail and using premium materials, Hansgrohe’s bath, shower, and wall-mounted mixers are built to last. Their emphasis on durability ensures you can enjoy your product’s exceptional performance for years to come.

To allow the double-storey homes to function as single-storey dwellings, dH_Merivale homes are designed to accommodate Powerglide Elevators. Alternatively, designHOME can install the elevators prior to settlement. Powerglide sets the bench-mark for home elevators and commercial lifts, combining industry-leading innovation with Kiwi-Built quality, service, and certainty of supply.

What's Nearby?

1. Merivale Mall - Shopping, Cafes Restaurants
2. Victoria Street - Shopping, Cafes, Restaurants & Hotels
3. City Centre & CBD
4. Cashel Street Mall - Shopping, Cafes & Restaurants
5. Hagley Park - Golf, Tennis, Sports Fields
6. Millbrook Reserve
7. Christchurch Botanical Gardens
8. Christchurch Museum
9. Christchurch Art Gallery
10. Christchurch Arts Centre
11. Christchurch Boys High School
12. Christchurch Girls High School
13. Rangi Ruru Girls School
14. St Margaret's Girls School
15. Christ's College
16. St Andrew's College

Let's Talk.

If you would like to buy your own designHOME, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.