For the love of architecture, fashion and Christchurch

The team at Workshop are an innovative bunch and the same can be said for their new Christchurch store. The latest installment in a long-time creative collaboration between owner, architect and artisans, the new store marks a renewed commitment to Christchurch and its rich history.

Helmed by Chris and Helen Cherry, Workshop is a long-time leader in New Zealand’s fashion industry and has been a staple style destination in Christchurch for the past three decades. With stores in Cashel Mall, High & Tuam Street, and Colombo Street, the new Workshop location in Carter Group’s ‘The Crossing’ sees a renewed commitment to the Christchurch CBD.

The new location is certainly spectacular. A character heritage space in the city’s premium retail precinct, it’s been carefully restored to include original coffered ceilings along with copper and bronze awning friezes providing a perfect mix of history and charm.

To complete this very special project, Workshop founder and creative director, Chris Cherry was joined by long-time Workshop collaborators - architect Chris Adams of Pohio Adams Architects and steel fabricator Gary Hunt. The three creators have worked together for over 25 years to create a unique identity and distinct Workshop aesthetic.

An avid collector of New Zealand art and international 20th-century design, Chris Cherry unearthed a set of fabulous cast bronze balustrades originally from the Allied Assurance Building on Hereford Street. These have been restored and repurposed as sales counter and display cases in the new Workshop store. The art of industrial reinvention, detailing and finish are immaculate – this is an extension of the values held by Chris and Helen Cherry.

Visit the new Workshop store in Christchurch, located at The Crossing, 684 Colombo Street. Open on Monday - Saturday from 10am - 6pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm.

All photos: Chris Adams at Pohio Adams Architects.