aha! in New Zealand

May, 2016
Paul Ries, Principal architect at aha, was selected to do the continuing design work on the adaptive reuse of the Loan and Mercantile Building in Dunedin, NZ.  Recently given land use consent by the local jurisdiction, the building looks like it will finally take its place among other heritage buildings lucky enough to be given a second chance at life.  Mr Ries completed an original design for the building back in 2000, with the intent to develop the three-story, 143-year-old heritage warehouse building into long stay apartments on the upper floors and mixed-use retail on the ground floor.

Based on the current economy and the needs of the City of Dunedin, the concept was reimagined to be short term accomodations in the form of two small hotels; each one sized to allow operation by local operators.  The ground floor is to be coffee house/cafe, a local brew pub, and services for the building.  An adjacent small hotel and restaurant under same ownership was stiched into the operational plan and design concept.

See and hear more on the direction of the work and the final concept here

ahha! Design Group Shortlisted for the St Petersburg Pier Project

October 2014

On October 3rd, 2014, the ahha! Design Group was selected as a finalist for an international design competition in Saint Petersburg FL.

The Saint Petersburg New Pier project is a 47 Million dollar endeavor to provide an iconic, community endorsed, economically sustainable structure providing multi use retail and educational outlets.

The Saint Petersburg Pier selection committee, appointed by Saint Petersburg’s mayor, Rick Kriseman, met on October 3rd to discuss and narrow the field from 16 to 8 teams. Ahha! Design Group has elected to provide a new design for the next round of consideration. They will be one of only two teams moving forward with this approach while the other finalists plan to renovate the structure.

December 15th 2014 is the next big deadline and marks just 10 short weeks for each group to complete a design for consideration.

The ahha! Design Group consists of a strong team of architects, engineers, scientists, and economic professionals known for their local, regional, and international work. A complete list of team participants and the design approach for this project can be found here: ahha! Pier submittal

Read the Tampa Bay Times article announcing the Pier finalists here 


Join the ahha! Design Groups Pier project Facebook community page here:             ahha! Design Group community