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Cross-laminated timber design wins apartment competition

S 3 Architects Ltd (Stephen Smith) has won the Institute of Architects’ competition to design an apartment building for a brownfield Mt Eden site, which attracted 67 entries.

The other finalists were Leuschke Group Architects Ltd, Matthews & Matthews Architects Ltd, Waterfall Gunns Lowe Architects Ltd and Andrew Sexton Architecture Ltd.

The competition was launched by Ockham Residential Ltd director Mark Todd after discussions with architects about affordable construction 2 years ago.

S 3 director Stephen Smith.

S 3 director Stephen Smith.

S 3 Architects’ proposal uses cross-laminated timber panels, which Mr Smith said was a proven & fast-growing engineered timber panel construction system, well established overseas and now in use in Australia & New Zealand.

“CLT is the most environmentally sustainable form of building construction available, recyclable and with a negative carbon footprint. It weighs only one fifth the weight of concrete and can be placed by mobile crane (ie, no tower crane required). Foundations would be significantly less than for a concrete building.

“Dimensional accuracy allows concurrent fabrication of joinery items, avoiding typical onsite sequential programming. This construction method would be economic for the size & constraints of this site, reducing onsite construction time & workspace, and doesn’t require specialist skilled subcontractors that the steel & concrete construction would.”

In keeping with the passive house concept, he said the building would have a central heating recovery unit; would be highly insulated & airtight, with an internal vapour check barrier; and would have an array of photovoltaic panels fixed to the roof, providing 15Kw of power.

The competition to produce a buildable design for 11 Akepiro St – on the site of an office building sitting above the western railway line, at the end of a cul-de-sac just off the city end of Dominion Rd, Mt Eden – was organised by the Institute of Architects and developer Ockham Residential, with the support of Auckland Council.

Auckland mayor Len Brown.

Auckland mayor Len Brown.

Announcing the winner yesterday, mayor Len Brown acknowledged criticism of many of Auckland’s apartment blocks and the view of some critics that the city was building ghettoes: “When we talk about compact city we need to show them what we’re talking about.”

He said Mr Todd had approached him to help get architects to show leadership on quality, sustainability, reasonable pricing, buildings “that would show the very essence of the most liveable city”.

The Akepiro St site was perfect for a starter – above the rail tracks, near bus links, not far from the central city, a mixed-use site with a few challenges, and a building required to contain 25 apartments without going over 7 levels.

“We said to the architects, ‘We want you to lead the design of the city – we are not coming off a very high base.”

The mayor’s representative on the judging panel, Jacques Victor, will follow the project through, managing video & web production to show how intensification can have quality at all stages , from design through construction to eventual liveability.

The competition offered architects the opportunity to do more than think about a building. This site is at the end of a short industrial street, with suburban residential streets 2 blocks away and 2 other apartment blocks in this wedge between the start of Dominion Rd & New North Rd.

A number of entrants cut a public walkway through their designs to give access to a small park between this site & Dominion Rd – hard to see that happening, but it demonstrated awareness of the building’s place. However, without such a walkway, and another link through to George St, which runs down to the railway line and across to New North Rd, it’s hard to see how commercial uses such as a cafe could be justified at the end of a dead-end street.

Jury panel chairman Richard Goldie.

Jury panel chairman Richard Goldie.

Jury chairman Richard Goldie, a director of Peddle Thorp Architects, said the competition was a bold & timely initiative that had produced an exceptional response from architectural practices: “The competition called for innovative schemes that would make the most of a challenging site and demonstrate that good quality medium-density housing can be achieved in appropriate places in our city.

“A site near 2 train stations & one of Auckland’s busiest bus routes would seem to be an ideal candidate for a medium-density housing option. There was a wide range of compelling entries, but the successful proposal convincingly met several criteria.

“It uses a green materials & energy-saving construction technology, provides very liveable apartments, engages well with a small neighbouring reserve, contributes positively to a mixed-use street and offers the city an inspiring work of architecture.”

Ockham director Mark Todd.

Ockham director Mark Todd.

S3 Architects’ Stephen Smith said he wanted to demonstrate that, with a bit more effort in design & construction, New Zealand could significantly reduce energy use in buildings.

Ockham’s Mark Todd said the number & quality of the entries had exceeded his expectations: “Everyone knows the pressures on the housing market at the moment, but we think there needs to be a wider conversation about the quality of new homes & buildings that go up in the city.”

The jury panel was: Richard Goldie, Mark Todd, Jacques Victor, Maggie Carroll (Bureaux Architects) & Marshall Cook (Cook Sargisson & Pirie Architects Ltd).

Link: NZIA, Akepiro St concepts

Attribution: Competition display & announcement, NZIA release.

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Propbd on Q T12Aug14 – Apartment design winner named, East Tamaki unit sells, Strategic payout, Summerset result mixed

S 3 Architects wins brownfields apartment design competition
Small East Tamaki unit sells
Strategic Finance receivers to make first payout within fortnight
Summerset profit up, underlying return down, dividend at low end

S 3 Architects wins brownfields apartment design competition

S 3 Architects Ltd (Stephen Smith; design at right) has won the Institute of Architects’ competition to design an apartment building for a brownfield Mt Eden site, which attracted 67 entries.

The competition was launched by Ockham Residential Ltd director Mark Todd after discussions with architects about affordable construction 2 years ago.

The other finalists were Leuschke Group Architects Ltd, Matthews & Matthews Architects Ltd, Waterfall Gunns Lowe Architects Ltd and Andrew Sexton Architecture Ltd.

Small East Tamaki unit sells

A small East Tamaki warehouse & office unit was sold at $3000/m² at Colliers International’s auction today. A 1970s New Lynn warehouse & showroom was passed in. Auction results:

East Tamaki, 14 Basalt Place, unit 13, sold for $1.95 million at $3000/m², sales agent Jolyon Thomson
New Lynn, 12 Bentinck St, passed in at $800,000, Chris Upright

Strategic Finance receivers to make first payout within fortnight

Strategic Finance Ltd’s receivers, John Fisk & Colin McCloy of PWC, have received the first settlement payment from the company’s former directors & auditors – $10 million of the total $22 million – and will make a distribution to secured investors in the next 2 weeks.

The other 2 instalments, each of $6 million, are to be paid at the end of this month and in November.

Summerset profit up, underlying return down, dividend at low end

Summerset Group Holdings Ltd said today its net profit after tax for the June half rose 42% to $15.3 million, but its underlying profit fell 6%, from $10 million to $9.4 million. Total assets rose 21% to $921 million.

Sales of occupation rights rose 3% to 195, and the company delivered 136 new retirement units, up 33%.

Summerset’s dividend policy is to pay out 30-50% of underlying profit. The 1.4c/share interim dividend equates to 32%.

Attribution: Auction, PWC & Summerset releases.

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Patterson Associates named as international leader

Published 20 May 2011

Auckland architectural firm Patterson Associates Ltd has been named by World Architectural News as one of 5 practices set to shape the future of architecture as leading lights in the 21st century.

A jury including some of the most acclaimed architects in the world chose Patterson Associates along with firms from Norway, Japan, Denmark & Spain as the first 5 winners in the magazine’s 21 for the 21 Awards, announced on Wednesday.

The awards aim to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture internationally in the 21st century: “Outstanding, forward-thinking people & organisations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world; architects whose directional ideas are helping to shape the future of architecture, whilst keeping within the boundaries of commercial viability & sustainability”.

Patterson Associates’ award submission centred on a body of recent works including Mai Mai Folly (residential, Auckland), Cumulus (commercial, Auckland), AJ Hackett Bungy Centre (commercial, Queenstown), Michael Hill Golf Clubhouse (commercial, Queenstown) & Parihoa (residential, West Auckland).

Founder Andrew Patterson said the award was an outstanding accolade for the firm on a global stage: “It is hugely rewarding to present our portfolio of work and have our New Zealand-inspired ideas & philosophy recognised by some of the great minds in world architecture.”

Mr Patterson’s practice is well known in New Zealand for projects involving sustainability, energy efficiency & environmental issues. It is currently designing the first building in the country to be rated with 6 stars (recognising international innovation) by the NZ Green Building Council.

“The projects within our submission approach architecture, environment & people in terms of New Zealand concepts around mauri (the lifeforce which all objects contain).

“All our work is underpinned by a core assumption that if a building logically belongs in its ecology, then people connected with that architecture cannot help but feel the logic in belonging there also. This is the first time ideas relating to te reo have been recognised on the international architectural stage.”

Patterson Associates were praised for their visually strong designs & approach to sustainability with a “non-nostalgic” appearance by the international judging panel, which included acclaimed architects David West (Studio Egret West), Patrick Schumaker (Zaha Hadid Architects), Stephen Quinlan (Denton Corker Marshall LLP), Will Alsop (Alsop Architects) & Grant Brooker (Foster Associates).

The other 4 award winners were: Reiulf Ramstad Architects (Norway), Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos SLP (Spain), Atelier Ryo Abe (Japan) and JDS Architects (Denmark). 16 other entries were highly commended by the judges, including designs by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), the Sydney-based architects working on the Auckland City Art Gallery project.

World Architecture News said its quest for the remaining 16 firms of the 21 for the 21 list will continue over a period of years.

Mr Patterson graduated from the Auckland University School of Architecture in 1987 with its senior prize. He received his first national award for architecture at the age of 28 and represented New Zealand in The New Breed architectural exhibition in Sydney that year. He won the inaugural New Zealand young architect of the year award in 1990.

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Attribution: Company release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Young architects launch Viztender for 3D rendering

Published 20 May 2011

David Hillier & Jamie Holmes have opened an e-marketplace for the tendering of architectural visualisation & 3D rendering, called Viztender.

Mr Hillier said: “We think it will create a genuine improvement to the property industry by improving the general standard of rendering work used to market unbuilt developments.”

In architectural visualisation (or 3D rendering), virtual models are used to provide still images & animations of unbuilt projects so developers, designers & future owners can see an accurate representation of what their building will look like.

“It is becoming almost a given that any architectural project of decent size or budget will have a virtual model built, especially now conventional 2D draughting is fast being replaced by 3D modelling. However, there is a huge range in quality in the renderings being produced.

“We hope that our website will expose the building industry to just how good their 3D renderings should be. The top specialist architectural visualisation firms in New Zealand can produce work that is almost indistinguishable from a photo. The increased competition should also ensure that buyers are getting the best value from these firms.

“The website is a portal for architects, developers & real estate agents to use to find a suitable architectural rendering firm. The tender process is simple, and closely matches how buyers would normally do business. Our site simply helps connect buyers & suppliers more efficiently.

“Once they have registered, they can launch a request for tender. This involves writing a brief and uploading supporting documents to visually describe the project. They can browse standardised supplier profiles and select which ones they would like to tender. Selected suppliers have until the end of the tender period to lodge their tender. The buyer then selects whichever tender represents the best value. We charge the successful supplier a success fee based on the tender amount. There is no cost to the buyer or to the unsuccessful tenderers. Viztender has no part in the job from this point on, but the buyer can leave feedback & ratings for the supplier to build trust in the site.”

Mr Hillier said Viztender had 4 suppliers listed so far and hoped more will join in the next few weeks.

Mr Hillier & Mr Holmes graduated from the Auckland University School of Architecture in 2003, got their first jobs at Ignite Architects and set up their own architectural visualisation company, One To One Hundred Ltd, in 2004. They worked evenings & weekends on doing 3D modelling before taking the business full-time in 2006.

Link: Viztender

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Attribution: Company release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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6 storeys, all wood?

Published 3 April 2011

An article on The Mark website (a Canadian daily online forum), picked up by Planetizen, asked: “Are wooden skyscrapers in our future?”

First, despite use of the word “skyscrapers”, they’re not talking towers with double-digit storey numbers, but perhaps 6 floors.

The article by Toronto University architecture professor Larry Richards and McGill School of Architecture director & professor Avi Friedman, both architects, posed a cautious question from Professor Richards: “An opportunity for innovation: In architecture, engineering & forestry sectors around the world, there is a mega-buzz about forthcoming highrise towers made of wood…. The earliest ventures in this direction started in Japan a decade ago. But numerous projects are now also on the drawing boards in Austria, Norway, Australia & Canada.”

Professor Friendman followed up with “A question of safety – and courage: Innovation is good, but it needs to be tested.” And there he found a difficulty: “Municipalities & municipal officials need to take risks. And, from my experience, they are the least likely to do so. Once city officials have given permission for architects to build something, they are, to some degree, held liable if something goes wrong. This is one of the largest obstacles to architectural innovation.”

Links: The Mark, Are wooden skyscrapers in our future?

Planetizen, New sustainable building material for skyscrapers: wood

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Attribution: Planetizen, The Mark, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Supreme Court building up for 2 international awards

Published 11 August 2010

The new Supreme Court building in Wellington has been shortlisted for 2 international awards – the World Architecture Festival awards and the IStructE structural awards.


 Warren & Mahoney designed the building and Holmes Consulting Group provided the structural engineering services.


The project involved the construction of a new Supreme Court building, together with the restoration of the neighbouring 130-year-old High Court, a category I historic building.


The court said in a release yesterday: “The new 2-storey Supreme Court building symbolises the transparency of New Zealand’s justice system. Its design aims to complement, not overpower, its venerable partner, the old High Court.”


Several key design features that required significant structural input to achieve the desired aesthetics,  including the external bronze screen that relates to the adjacent heritage building, the main courtroom and the helical access stair.


Holmes Consulting project director Eva Cutriss said the structural solution addressed the high seismicity of Wellington, delivering a spectacular modern building and minimal structural intrusion into the heritage building.


Warren & Mahoney architects will present their case to the World Architecture Festival award judges in Barcelona in November. These awards were first made in 2008 and involve shortlisted architects presenting their projects live to the public & a prominent international judging panel. The Supreme Court has been shortlisted in the civic & community category alongside 11 other project finalists.


The Holmes Consulting team will travel to the UK, also in November, for the IStructE structural awards, which are organised by the Institution of Structural Engineers in the UK. The Supreme Court is a finalist for the heritage award, competing against 2 other projects.


Links: World Architecture Festival

IStructE structural awards


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Attribution: Court release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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5 Best property design winners

Published 23 October 2009

Amid the gloom of the commercial property markets, a handful of office projects shone through at the Best design awards announced in Auckland last Friday night.


The big winner in commercial property at the 21st Best design awards were architectural firm Jasmax & design director Tim Hooson, who scored one gold & 2 silver awards, including gold for Jasmax’s own new premises.


The other gold medal winner in the offices & workplace environments category was RTA Studio’s design for retail advertising agency .99’s offices in a newly upgraded warehouse in Grey Lynn. The brief was for a “non wanky” office & a relaxed environment for clients, mixed with quality & plentiful meeting areas along with flexible studio areas.


Design director Richard Naish used everyday retail materials to form the space, including a reception desk built from burnished steel plate with a backdrop of a laser-cut cardboard wall formed through the use of a BMI (Building Information Modelling) programme.


The judges said the project displayed “innovative use of digital technologies to create a strong & bold idea. The planning & detailing is clear & simple, and delivered with consistency throughout the space.”


For Jasmax’s premises in Parnell, Mr Hooson said the key objective was “not just to design a new internal space, but to explore how the project could truly influence the architectural fabric of Auckland’s urban environment”. Jasmax also wanted to set an environmental benchmark.


The judges said the result was “a highly energised environment that encourages free expression and portrays the mantra of organised chaos of creative learning environments.”


The NZI Centre on Fanshawe St– also by Jasmax and also with Tim Hooson as design director – was one of 3 buildings to win silver.


After its staff were located in tower accommodation, NZI owner IAG wanted to be the sole occupier of a building, to suit its contemporary ideals. Part of the brief was to achieve the New Zealand Green Building Council 4 star green rating.


The space needed to express the value of many brands, including NZI & State Insurance, while also expressing the overall feeling of the company as having one culture & one purpose. Quiet spaces were situated at the north & south ends of the floorplate to maximise exposure to views and lessen heat & glare. Spaces were situated so people could have access to 75% of the meeting areas by going up or down one flight of stairs.


Mr Hooson’s third project was the Westpac office on Takutai Square, in Auckland’s regenerated Britomart, which won silver. The Westpac complex is a substantially new building, with the historic Charter House building (originally the R&E Tingey building) as a fully integrated element that anchors the south-east corner of the precinct.


The site straddles the original foreshore & cliff of Britomart Point and turn-of-the-century images, boardwalk bridges & the internal stair insertions, connecting through the historic café space, are designed to capture the history.


Westpac’s site choice was in part to locate its new premises near a major transport terminus, which helped the transition of staff from suburban offices.

The one non-Auckland building among these design winners was New Zealand Central in Shanghai, designed for NZ Trade & Enterprise as a home away from home for New Zealanders doing business in Shanghai. The brief was to create a space that would tell a story to the Chinese visitors – to show that while New Zealanders are outgoing, resourceful & open to the world around us, we have a firm foundation of integrity & a sense of guardianship for our own little corner of the world.


New Zealand Central is on the edge of the prestigious Xintiandi district. Design was by a consortium of Warren & Mahoney, Story Inc and Coffey Projects, with Graeme Finlay as design director.


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Ironbank takes 4 architecture awards

Published 14 October 2009

The Institute of Architects launched its season of awards last night with presentations made by its Auckland branch. Unlike many industry awards, there were no excellents or merits and a variable number of awards in each category.


Samson Corp Ltd (the Friedlander family)’s Ironbank building on Karangahape Rd was the big winner, with awards for commercial architecture, also in the sustainable architecture & urban design categories and a Resene colour award. Insurance company IAG’s NZI Centre on Fanshawe St, completed 3 months ago, was also a 3-category winner – in commercial, interior & sustainable.


The institute’s local awards season continues in Nelson tonight and ends in Wellington mid-November. Paint company Resene has been sponsoring the awards fro 19 years.


The Auckland branch also honoured 4 members with fellowships.




Don Bunting, chief executive of Masterspec, chairman of the technical committee on the standard for building timber-framed houses, a member of the Standards NZ leadership group on reviewing that standard and writer of books & articles on building aimed at both the lay person & professionals. Masterspec provides specification systems & supporting software for the construction industry. It was set up by Construction Information Ltd, which is jointly owned by the Master Builders Federation, Building Research Association & Institute of ArchitectsGeoffrey Richards, editor of the Auckland branch of the institute’s newsletter, Architext, for 10 years and an active member of the institute’s environmental issues groupDennis Hewson, a member of the award-winning graduate team employed by Haughey & fox, whose design for the Wilson Chapel received an enduring architecture award this yearColin Janett, who, with Lindsay Wood, was instrumental in developing the bachelor of architecture degree offered by Unitec since 1994, andJim Foote, a member of the institute since 1948 and a teacher of young graduates & architects for some 50 years.


Commercial architecture:


Via Centro, Freemans Bay, 22 Centre St, city-fringe refurbishment by Herbst Architects LtdNZI Centre, Viaduct Harbour, by Jasmax Ltd for Newcrest Holdings LtdWintergarden at the Northern Club, by Fearon Hay Architects LtdEast Tamaki, design-build office & warehouse by Wingate & Farquhar Ltd for Bell Tea CoIronbank, Karangahape Rd, by RTA Studio for Samson Corp Ltd




Hotel De Brett, Mitchinson Simiona Ltd & Gascoigne Associates Ltd in partnership, for Hotel De Brett Ltd (John Courtney & Michelle Deery)Old Devonport Post Office, by Salmond Reed Architects Ltd


Interior architecture:


NZI CentrePrivate office, by Fearon Hay Architects LtdJasmax Auckland Studio, Parnell, Jasmax Ltd’s own new offices


Public architecture:


Auckland War Memorial Museum extension, Noel Lane Architects Ltd

in association with Peddle Thorp ArchitectsAUT lecture theatre & conference centre, RTA StudioSt Kentigern’s School, jubilee sports centre, ArchitectusTe Whanau o Tupuranga, bilingual school, Manukau, Jasmax Ltd


Residential – houses:


Parihoa, Muriwai, Patterson Associates LtdMann house, BVN ArchitectureReynolds Majsa house addition, Westmere, Malcolm Walker Architects LtdCook house, Cook Sargisson & Pirie Architects Ltd; client & architect Marshall Cook commented: “As a client, I could say I’m reasonably happy with my architect, who delivered on time & on budget”Compson bach, Great Barrier Island, Herbst Architects LtdNarrow Neck, Mitchell & Stout Architects Ltd (David Mitchell & Julie Stout), for themselves – a house conceived as 3 separate dwelling units designed for flexibility to accommodate an elderly parent, grandchildren & frequent guests, and allowing the owners to work from homeO’Sullivan home, Bull O’Sullivan Architecture Ltd, also for the architect & familyRiddell Rd house, Glendowie, Pete Bossley Architects Ltd for Gary & Joan Forman


Residential – multiple housing:


Stamford Residences, 10 floors built above the Stamford Hotel, Albert St, Peddle Thorp Architects for Stamford Land LtdHall houses, Herne Bay, Gerrad Hall Architects Ltd (Gerrad Hall), 2 live/work units on a long narrow site for the architect & his mother


Small project:


Wiroa Station beach lodge & Wiroa Station wine cellar (2 awards), Bay of Islands, Modern Architecture Partners, shared beachside facilityYellow Treehouse Restaurant, Pohuehue, Pacific Environments Architects NZ Ltd


Sustainable architecture:


IronbankNZI Centre


Urban design:


IronbankMatakana Village complex, Noel Lane Architects Ltd for Richard & Christine DidsburyBeaumont Quarter masterplan, Freemans Bay, Studio Pacific Architecture for Melview Developments Ltd (Nigel McKenna); the Beaumont Quarter project was conceived in 2000 and has reached its 11th stageHillcrest Rd bridge, over Northern Gateway motorway, which has been nicknamed the pukeko bridge for its brightly coloured struts


Enduring architecture:


Haresnape home, Titirangi, designed by the late Bill Haresnape in 1955, built over the next 3 years and, according to son Tony, completed over about the next 20 years


Resene colour awards:


IronbankHillcrest Rd bridge.


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Wilson School design leader to present at international festival

Published 21 September 2009

Opus Architecture team leader Eqo Leung was stunned when he collected the one-&-only NZ Architecture Medal this year, and has now learned he & his team are finalists in the World Architectural Festival awards to be held in Spain in November.


Architects from more than 80 countries attend the festival and Opus’s design of the Wilson School at Takapuna will be looked at by more than 2000 of the world’s top architects.


David Quinlan, national architecture manager for Opus, is proud of his team, which embraces many cultures & ethnicities. Eqo Leung, now 36, was a teenage migrant to New Zealand with his family from Hong Kong. When he graduated from Auckland University he got his first job making models.


Now Mr Leung is to present at the festival on how he found inspiration for the project – a finalist in the learning category of the awards.


The Wilson School has already attracted attention from international educationalists as a model for a purpose-built school for special needs students. Specialised facilities include 6 classrooms, a multi-purpose space & specialist therapy rooms.


The Wilson School board & staff have acknowledged Mr Leung for listening to their needs and creating a building that blends beautifully with its tree-clad site on Lake Rd, between Takapuna & Devonport.


New Zealand has 4 other finalists in the world festival awards – Fearon Hay (Northern Club), Pacific Environments (Yellow Treehouse Restaurant), RTA Studio (Ironbank) and Warren & Mahoney (NZi3 Innovation Institute).


Opus Architecture has more than 100 staff and is a division of multinational group Opus International Consultants Ltd.


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Attribution: Company release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Starter home design competition opens

Published 23 September 2008

Building & Construction Minister Shane Jones and Housing Minister Maryan Street announced a starter home design competition yesterday, aimed at generating innovative designs & creative solutions that will promote good-quality affordable homes.


The ministers said the competition was intended to “encourage designers, architects, builders & students to use their creativity to come up with home plans that offer flexibility & function to match the aspirations of first-home buyers”.


The Department of Building & Housing will run the competition and Housing NZ Corp will build the winning design and showcase it to the public.


Mr Jones said: “The housing affordability problem is made worse by the growing trend to build larger houses instead of more modest, less expensive ones. I believe there is a real demand for smaller new homes and I want this competition to spur the housing sector into meeting that demand.


“The cost of building a house means that, for many people, particularly first-home buyers, building is not an option. This competition will help show that, with innovative designs of homes that are not unnecessarily large, building a home can also be an option.”


The competition will use the department’s proposed compliance document for simple housing as a design guide and feedback from the competition will be used to develop the document.


The department’s deputy chief executive for building quality, Dave Kelly, said

designs would be judged on innovation, cost, design & functionality. The habitable floor area should be no bigger than 120m² and the design should cost no more than $1400/m² to build.


Plans should also meet the requirements for structural strength & durability for most locations in New Zealand and meet the expectations of modern New Zealanders, particularly first-home buyers.


Mr McKenzie said the competition was divided into 2 categories: “The first is for the designs that demonstrate creative solutions that strictly comply with the proposed compliance document. The second is for the designs based on an innovative application of the proposed compliance document, with departures from the proposed compliance document identified.”


The department will pay an $8000 first prize in each category and $2000 to runners-up. The top student (in either category) will win $4000 and the runner-up $500.


Open entries close on Wednesday 19 November and student entries on Wednesday 26 November.


Website: Design competition


Earlier stories:

26 June 2008: Consultation opens on minister’s simple housing proposal

12 June 2008: Minister announces moves to simplify consent process


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Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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