Common Ground, Uncommon Space
Cheshire is a transdisciplinary studio engaged in making and changing things. It gauges success by impactfulness: a blend of potency and speed.
Cheshire was founded on architecture, and the masterplanning of Britomart: a precinct of nine city blocks at the heart of downtown Auckland, and an epicentre of the new Auckland.
Cheshire now has influence over or direct leadership of 60 hectares of metropolitan Auckland, and another thousand beyond it. In all of these places the studio has weaponised food. It wields the restaurant, the café, the dessert kitchen, the dumpling den and the yoghurt cart as implements of urban change. It does so by first recognising that in these spaces lie the hopes, dreams, escapes, encounters, emotions and collisions of a city, and that as such they above all things have the ability to shift the way that city is perceived, and the way that city perceives itself and its own future. The studio now believes that behind that urban potency lies another layer of potential, one that might yet fully exploit the ethnic and cultural collisions of a city and unlock a far richer way of living together.
Cheshire Architects is a trans-disciplinary design practice. It operates across a huge breadth of types and scales, of luxury and poverty, newness and age, roughness and refinement. In pursuing this, Cheshire leads the entire design effort, from development strategy and architecture to branding and product design. Nat moves daily from apron buttons to web design to light fittings to basement cocktail dens to luxury retreats to the creation and transformation of huge chunks of the city. Amongst this work, Nat has built much of the nine-city-block Britomart in downtown Auckland, and invented the four-hectare City Works Depot. Nat's work has been awarded twelve Best Award gold pins in five years, is twice the winner of Metro's designer of the year, HOME's home of the year and twice its product of the year. His work is regularly published in global editions like Monocle, Wallpaper, Dezeen and Dwell. He seeks the extraordinary rather than the perfect in the pursuit of a new architecture and a new city.