Charissa Snijders Architect Ltd


Phone 021309593

Organisation Category: Construction, Health Care & Social Assistance, Professional, and Scientific & Technical Services

  • Profile

    Creating ‘living architecture’ means celebrating the expression of people in relationship with each other and in response to the land in which they inhabit. As part of the process, we adopt the seven petals of the Living Building Challenge.

    We welcome those who desire to make a difference for others and for themselves, and in doing so change the way we live. To us a successful project inspires authentic living, bringing deeper meaning to all those who experience it.

    Blending together the right elements, we seek to strengthen a connection for you and others and with your relationship with the natural world.

    We create living architecture that celebrates the creative expression of people in relationship with each other and in response to the land in which it inhabits. We call this creating a ‘sense of place‘.


    Our projects are built on the foundations of Tikanga Maori, regenerative practice, living futures, biomimicry and sacred form.

    The values that shape our decisions and design are beauty, collaborative practice, joy, curiosity and reverence.



    We take the time to deeply listen to your needs and together we create a living brief. Observing and gathering the stories of the land we uncover the mauri or essence of place.

    The brief and essence of place shapes the design, feel and flow of the built form, the spaces in between and surrounding land.

    We work on the big idea to the smallest detail, where every aspect is thoughtfully considered – interiors, exteriors, materials, lighting, landscaping and colour. Each part is like a note or version, where together they form a coherent and unified whole.

    Community – art, heritage, cultural centres

    We explore how ‘place’ celebrates connections with others and with our environment. Simultaneously we seek to create a platform to nourish culture and preserve heritage. All within the intent to build and strengthen a community’s identity, mana and sense of belonging.

    Therapeutic – health centres, retreats, celebration places – birth to death and bathing places

    Therapeutic architecture brings the wisdom and knowledge from all aspects of life together and creates a harmonious existence that supports and promotes health and wellbeing. It explores how to restore balance within each of us, restore balance in our relationships with others and our environment.

    Sculpture and creative land work

    We see placemaking as an important part of urban landscape, and create urban interventions through landform and sculptural acupuncture to touch people as they move through their daily lives.

    We play with shifting perception to awaken beauty and meaning in the moment of experience.



  • More Info
    Sustainability Highlights:
    • Clean Water
    • Clean Energy-Energy Efficiency
    • Design-Innovation-Disruption
    • Towards Zero Waste
    • Wellbeing-Community-Health
    Sustainability Actions:

    We are committed in helping to create a more sustainable New Zealand. Architecture has such an impact on our physical resources whether it is the land that we build on, the material, water, energy we use, the way we build and what we create. We aim to create living buildings by adopting the 7 petals of the Living Building Challenge.

    I see myself as an ambassador towards creating conscious architecture, one that uplifts the spirit to all those who occupy or encounter it.

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Listing last updated 22/08/2017